The hybrid battery tray may not drain water sufficiently.
An electrical short in the high voltage battery increases the risk of a fire.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install a fitted drain valve to allow water to drain properly, free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin in late February 2016.
Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.
Volkswagen’s number for this 53B8.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.