Lawsuit Claims Volkswagen Jetta Has Defective Wiring Harness, Causes Short CircuitsJun 27, 2013
A new lawsuit claims that a design defect on 2005 and 2006 Volkswagen Jetta vehicles causes short circuits and also interferes with the proper functioning of some automatic features.
According to a release from the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP, Volkswagen Jettas from those two model years allegedly have a defective design: the door wiring harnesses on either door are too short. The problem – which results in short circuiting – is more likely to occur on the driver’s side door, but the defect has also been reported on passenger’s doors.
The short wiring harness eventually causes the breakage of wires leading to the harness. This leads to the door functions not working. A driver or passenger would not be able to use several key features, such as the power windows, the gas latch release, the trunk release, and power mirror controls, according to the statement from Parker Waichman.
The lawsuit against the automaker alleges that the company was aware that the harness wiring was too short and could lead to short circuits but continued to produce the 2005 and 2006 Jetta vehicles in this manner to save on costs. The Jetta is Volkswagen’s top-selling vehicle and between 2005 and 2007, more than 200,000 vehicles were sold in the U.S. alone.
This alleged Volkswagen Jetta defect has set vehicle owners back on the cost to have the wiring harnesses repaired so they can regain control of key and vital features. Not only have owners of 2005 and 2006 Jettas been put out of the cost to have the repairs made, they must also find alternative means of transportation while the fixes are made.
Furthermore, these Jetta owners pay a premium price for these vehicles and features disabled by short circuits are part of that cost.
A similar lawsuit filed by Canadian owners of Volkswagen Jettas from the same model years was settled by the automaker’s division in that country after it was filed last year.