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Volkswagen Recalling 246,000 Atlas SUVs for Faulty Wiring

Faulty wiring could delay airbag deployment in nearly 250,000 Volkswagen SUVs


  • The wiring could affect airbags, windows, and brakes.

  • Model years involved go from 2019 to 2023.

  • Recall impacts vehicles in the US and Canada.


If you own a 2019 to 2023 Volkswagen Atlas or Atlas Cross Sport, there’s a good chance your SUV was assembled with a damaged wiring harness. Volkswagen is issuing a recall for more than 246,000 Atlas SUVs that could be affected the faulty part.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The biggest potential issue with the harness is that, in the event of an impact, the airbags could deploy “later than designed” as reported by CNBC. This could lead to injuries for the occupants. As well, the wiring issue could unintentionally activate the parking brake at low speeds. The final known problem involves all the vehicles’ windows rolling down on their own.

Vehicles impacted by the recall include the three-row 2019-2023 Volkswagen Atlas and its smaller twin, the 2-row 2020-2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

For the moment, Volkswagen does not have a fix. The automaker has put into place a reimbursement program for the affected vehicles. A first notice will be sent out to owners on May 10th. More communications will follow once a fix is figured out.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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