Volkswagen ID.4 Recalled Because Rearview Camera Image May Not Be Displayed

Volkswagen's worldwide deliveries fell 7 percent last year due to China's lockdowns and supply chains affected by Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Still, the Wolfsburg-based automaker has enjoyed – and continues to enjoy – high demand for electric vehicles. The ID.4 is the group's best-selling EV based on 2022 deliveries, yet Volkswagen's zero-emission crossover still makes the headline over quality control, design decisions, and manufacturing-related issues.
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Recall number 23V-436 concerns a handful of crossovers that had their infotainment central control unit replaced by dealers in the United States of America. Said units contain iffy software, which causes the rearview camera image to either be delayed or completely deactivated when selecting reverse.

These ID.4 vehicles, therefore, don't comply with the rear visibility requirements of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's federal motor vehicle safety standard 111. Volkswagen Group of America became aware of this problem on May 15. Following a short investigation, the automaker's North American division identified three vehicles equipped with software that isn't meant for North American vehicles.

The ID.4s in question were manufactured between April 14, 2022 and June 28, 2022. As expected, the remedy comes in the form of a software update of the central control unit. Owners will be informed of this error no later than August 18. In the meantime, the easiest way of telling whether your ID.4 is recalled or not is to utilize the NHTSA's VIN look-up tool.

Two vehicle identification numbers are provided in the report attached below, and both VINs are for the AWD Pro S with the Gradient Package. Manufactured in Germany rather than the United States, these ID.4s are some of the more expensive specifications available to configure in the US nowadays.

Excluding the destination charge, optional extras, and the federal tax credit, the AWD Pro S trim level starts at $52,795 at press time. Said grade comes with the 82-kWh battery rather than the 62-kWh unit of the rear-driven Standard trim level.

Listed with 295 horsepower and 339 pound-feet (460 Nm) of torque, the AWD Pro S is good for up to 255 miles (410 kilometers) of EPA-rated driving range. It also needs 5.8 seconds from zero to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour). The ID.4 with the most driving range is the Pro S RWD, which costs $48,995 and offers 275 miles (443 kilometers).

As implied, the biggest difference between the rear- and all-wheel-drive Pro S trim levels comes in the form of an electric motor. Both grades are nicely equipped, with standard features including a heated steering wheel, a rear-seat armrest with cupholders and a trunk pass-thru, perforated leatherette, a hands-free power liftgate, 12-way power adjustments plus position memory and lumbar massage functions for the front seats, premium adaptive headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, illuminated VW logos, and an illuminated lightline to boot.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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