by Justin King
NHTSA rejects VW's excuse for Tiguan seatbelt failures

The driver seat belt webbing completely separated from the latch in two independent crash assessments.

The Countrywide Highway Traffic Security Administration has upgraded its investigation into seat belt failures that transpired during a series of Volkswagen Tiguan crash tests.

The seat belt webbing completely separated from the latch loop in two separate 35-mph comprehensive frontal impacts into a rigid barrier, executed in December as aspect of the government’s New Auto Evaluation Method.

VW asserted that the dummy umbilical wire exerted further forces on the seat belt procedure. The firm done many sled tests to support its theory.

Soon after reviewing VW’s sled exams, with assist from the Materials Laboratory at the Nationwide Transportation Basic safety Board, the NHTSA has concluded that the seat belts “failed in tension and not owing to cuts or abrasion.”

The company is now pursuing an engineering examination to ascertain a root induce for the belt separation.