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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Volkswagon for Jetta Wiring Defect

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A class action lawsuit has been filed against Volkswagen Group of America Inc. alleging that the 2005 and 2006 models of the Volkswagen Jetta have a door wiring defect that could lead to an electrical short circuit.

The lawsuit alleges that Volkswagen defectively designed the door wiring harnesses to be too short. Allegedly, this problem can happen in both doors but is more common on the driver’s side. Eventually the wires break, causing the door controls to malfunction, and as a result, the driver can lose access to several features, including power window controls, gas latch release, trunk release and power mirror controls, the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit also alleges that Volkswagen was aware of the defect. Furthermore, the suit claims that the company designed the door harnesses to be too short in order to save on manufacturing costs. According to the complaint, which was filed by the national law firm Parker Waichman LLP in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the Jetta has been Volkswagen’s bestselling car since before 2002. More than 200,000 models were sold in the United States between 2005 and 2007.



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