When a Volkswagen manufacturer calls in a set of vehicles from a particular model, manufacturing year, or a certain set of vehicle identification numbers (VINs) because of defects, that’s considered a recall. Cars are required to perform correctly under a certain set of safety standards, and when they don’t, Volkswagen manufacturers will fix these vehicles at no charge to the consumer. Recalls can either be issued by the manufacturer or by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Typically, a Volkswagen manufacturer will notify the owners of affected vehicles so they’re able to bring their cars in for repairs. But it’s always a good idea to occasionally check the NHTSA website to learn of any recent recalls.
Most notably, the German automaker made headlines for being front and center amid the Volkswagen emissions scandal (also known as “dieselgate”). Along with a number of other recalls, the Volkswagen manufacturer got in serious hot water over violating the Clean Air Act. The EPA discovered that Volkswagen had intentionally programmed many of their diesel engines to activate emissions controls only during emissions testing — meaning at every other moment, the engines were emitting more than 40 times the NO output allowed by the Clean Air Act. Over 11 million cars worldwide were affected, including 500,000 in the U.S. from model years 2009 through 2015.
As a result of the emissions scandal, the affected cars were treated like lemons more so than standard recalls, and the Volkswagen manufacturer was forced to offer a buyback to any consumer affected by the faulty diesel engines.
We’re listing out five recent Volkswagen recalls below. Check to see if your vehicle makes the list — if it does, you’ll be eligible for free repairs from your vehicle’s dealership. You should also check the NHTSA or Volkswagen websites to see if your car is listed there under a recent Volkswagen recall.
Recent Volkswagen Recalls
- Nissan recalled over 150,000 Volkswagens in the U.S. and Canada because of an issue with the ignition switch that could cause the car to shut off while in motion.
- Over 215,000 Volkswagens, including the Murano, Maxima, and Pathfinder from 2015 to 2018 were recalled due to possible leaks from the anti-lock brake pump that could result in a fire.
- Around 105,000 Nissans were recalled as part of the Takata airbag debacle.
- The automaker recalled 483 Titans and Titan XDs from 2016 to 2018 for missing an important about the truck’s load-carrying capacity.
- The 2017 Juke was recalled for an issue with the brake master cylinder that could leak fluid into the brake booster.
Volkswagen Tiguan Problems
When it was first released, the Volkswagen Tiguan was one of the most popular, best-looking compact SUV’s available. Over the years, however, numerous Volkswagen Tiguan problems have revealed the car to be overall problematic. Its subpar quality can be seen through a number of recurring issues with the structure, the engine, and more.
Volkswagen Tiguan Problems with Structure
One of the best parts of a brand new car is the absence of mysterious or unwanted sounds related to structural issues. Unfortunately for many Volkswagen Tiguan owners, this luxury was one they did not get to enjoy.
“While driving at any speed and on any road surface, there is a constant rattling coming from the door and window pillars. It is very loud and noticeable at any speed. Going over rough roads and uneven surfaces make the rattling worse. The vehicle is brand new and only four days old.”
Volkswagen Tiguan Seat Belt Issues
Not many car owners think they will ever have to deal with seat belt related issues, but for many Volkswagen Tiguan customers, this has become their unfortunate reality. Most of the issues are related to an unwanted rattling noise as a result of the unique, and undesirable construction of the seat belt apparatus.
“There is a rattle coming from lower B pillar rattle coming from driver seat belt retractor, overhead console, wood trim on both front doors, both tweeter speaker grills, both rear cupholders, also found rear decklid clips not clipped in all the way driver rear access panel rattling along with both rear stop light access panels.”
Volkswagen Jetta Problems
The Volkswagen Jetta has become popularly known for three aspects- it’s sporty look, its economic nature, and its mechanical issues. While the first two features are desirable to many, Volkswagon Jetta’s problems have seemed to overshadow any benefits that come from the car. If you are experiencing Volkswagen Jetta problems, contact our team of Volkswagen lemon law experts to see how we can help you.
Volkswagen Jetta Problems with Transmission
Many models of the Volkswagen Jetta, such as the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, have claimed to have an all-new, state-of-the-art transmission system like never seen before. They were right about it being unlike any transmission system of a new car, because for many Volkswagen Jetta owners, it has had major issues.
“While accelerating, a distinct grinding noise comes from the transmission. The noise is consistently heard while the vehicle is accelerating between 25-30 mph. My vehicle is roughly 5 months off the lot and has less than 10k miles, so this noise is very concerning. Third-party mechanics have confirmed the noise is a hazard for the transmission, and have advised bringing the vehicle to Volkswagen for a warranty repair.
Volkswagen Jetta Problems with Vehicle Structure
The Volkswagen Tiguan isn’t the only Volkswagen with vehicle structure issues. The Volkswagen Jetta is unfortunately a member of this undesired club too. One of the more unexpected and damaging issues of the Volkswagen Jetta is that many of these cars seem to be improperly sealed, leading to leaks, vent issues, and even freezing within the car.
“Once diagnosed VW dealership said that it was because the firewall of the vehicle had not been sealed, therefore water was entering the vehicle. There was mold found in the vehicle, which now they have to replace the interior of the vehicle.”
“This car has vent issues and cowl seal issues. The seal is not tight and the inside of the windshield and window freezes.”
Volkswagen Atlas Problems
Again and again, Volkswagen has tried to be at the forefront of car innovation and design. Unfortunately, they seem to predominantly fail just as many times. The Volkswagen Atlas is no exception to this pattern. Volkswagen Atlas’ problems range from brake issues to electrical issues and more. Don’t settle for any of these Volkswagen Atlas problems. Contact our team of Volkswagen lemon law lawyers today to see how you can recover from these damages.
Volkswagen Atlas Problems with Brakes
Automatic emergency braking has become a common feature for most newly manufactured cars. It is considered an essential safety feature by many, but definitely not by Volkswagen Atlas owners. There are countless complaints about the braking system within the Volkswagen Atlas- which is truly one of the most dangerous misfires a car can have.
“My autonomous braking system and pedestrian warning sensors are malfunctioning, making my car unsafe to drive. Since it’s purchase in 2018, the brakes have been locked up at least 10 times under normal braking conditions.”
Volkswagen Atlas Electrical System Issues
Volkswagen Atlas electrical system issues are directly related to the braking issues described above. Issues with the automatic emergency braking system have made it a game of unexpected stop and start for many Volkswagen owners.
“My 2018 R-line Atlas will slam on the brake at times when it crosses a steel insert on a bridge. It thinks there is a car in front of it but there is not…V W will not do anything about this so I will let everyone I know to stay away from V W.”
Volkswagen Engine Issues
It’s no secret that Volkswagens are not very engine reliable. In fact, Volkswagen has built a sort of reputation for frequently having problems with the engines in their cars. The Volkswagen Atlas, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Volkswagen Jetta are three more models that have been found to have various recurring engine issues.
“It has proven to be unreliable and unsafe. It has shut off the engine three times while it has been in motion, fortunately at a slow speed. The most recent scary experience occurred when the auto stop/start shut of the engine then failed to restart when the brake was released. I recently learned from VW Customer Service that the vehicle has nine recalls but I have only received notification of four. It is said that Volkswagen has bungled this vehicle. After reading some of the other reviews, we have been relatively fortunate. I strongly advise choosing a different vehicle and to avoid purchasing an Atlas or any Volkswagen.”
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