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Volkswagen recalls 6,000 cars for failing child locks

Child locks, otherwise known as the one thing you want working when you have a curious little one in the backseat.

2016 Volkswagen CC

Try to avoid slamming your doors like an insane person. That should help.


Child locks serve an important purpose -- keeping your curious little 'un from opening the car door at an improper time. You'd expect these locks to be pretty stout, as kids are rambunctious little things, but some Volkswagen child locks have become prone to failure in the face of something as simple as vibration.

Volkswagen has issued a recall covering 5,658 vehicles. This includes the 2016 CC (build dates between January 12 and February 3 2016), the 2016 e-Golf (build dates between November 25 2015 and January 11 2016) and the 2016 Golf R and 2016 Tiguan (build dates between November 25 2015 and January 28 2016).

The issue lies with vibration. The vibes coming from opening and closing a door can be enough to disengage the child locks. Thus, the next time a kid grabs for the door handle, it might actually open, despite the owner engaging the child locks before setting off.

Volkswagen will inspect and potentially replace the child locks on each vehicle. The company does not have a firm date when notifications will be sent out, but as with other recalls, the fix is on the house.

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