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VW SUVs probed for lighting issues

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DETROIT – U.S. safety regulators are investigating thousands of Volkswagen SUVs because the headlamps and other outside lights can fail with little warning.

The probe, announced Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, affects an estimated 61,000 VW Tiguans from the 2009 through 2011 model years.

The safety agency said in documents posted on its website that 26 drivers have complained about headlights, taillights and turn signals going dark. Many said they found an overheated and melted fuse under the hood.

The agency said the fuse controls several exterior light circuits. The complaints say the problem gets worse over time.

NHTSA said the problem hasn’t caused any fires, crashes or injuries. Investigators will determine if it’s bad enough to prompt a recall.

Volkswagen said it’s committed to building safe vehicles and will comply with the NHTSA investigation.

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