Software bug could disable alert for inoperable lights

2016 Volkswagen Golf Wagon 92TSI Comfortline-18

Volkswagen has issued a recall for its 2016 and 2017 model-year Golf wagon and Passat models over concerns the vehicles may not indicate when its lights are malfunctioning.

According to the German manufacturer, a software error may cause an inoperative dipped beam, main beam, daytime running light, rear fog light or indicator bulbs to not be indicated to the driver. Operative bulbs may also be shown to be inoperative.

Volkswagen says this could pose a hazard to occupants of the vehicle and to other road users, particularly in poor light conditions or at night.

volkswagen-passat-206tsi-r-line-36Above: Volkswagen Passat, Top: Volkswagen Golf wagon

A VIN list for the affected Golf wagons and Passats can be viewed here.

Owners of the recalled models will be contacted via mail, and are advised to contact their local Volkswagen dealer to arrange an inspection and update of the body control module software.

For more information, customers can contact 1800 607 822.