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Volkswagen Recalls New & Old Models Alike

Jason Reese


  • Loose seat belts, jarred air bags, exploding sunroofs, and faulty braking systems, vehicle defects have led to serious accidents, injuries, and fatalities for American drivers and their passengers for decades.
  • Volkswagen Group of America has been busy this summer recalling several 2003 and 2018 Volkswagen models because of possible vehicle defects harmful to occupants and those who share the road with them.
  • The popular automaker has initiated the recall for problems related to several 2018 model braking systems and 2003 model air bags.
  • Despite reports of recalls, many defects go unnoticed and unfixed, leaving this an opportunity to remind drivers to be better informed on all motor vehicle recall issues and to check VIN for updates related to their own vehicle-related recalls.

Volkswagen Recalls Stream High This Summer

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) has been busy this summer recalling certain 2003 and 2018 Volkswagen brands because of known or possible vehicle defects.

2018 Volkswagen Model Recalls

  • Atlas
  • Passat
  • Beetle
  • Beetle Convertible
  • Golf
  • Golf SportWagen and GTI (Golf Family)
  • Audi Q5 and SQ5

The brake caliper pistons on these vehicles may have insufficient coating, potentially reducing the brake performance and increase the risk of a crash.

Volkswagen and Audi will notify their owners and provide more information, so dealers can inspect the brake system and as necessary, repair. The recall is expected to begin before July 31, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298 and Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen’s numbers for this recall are 47N8, 47N9, and 47N6.

NOTE: Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until the brake system has been checked.

2003 Volkswagen Model Recalls

  • Passat
  • Jetta
  • Golf
  • Eurovan

Volkswagen is also recalling approximately 2,564 2003 Volkswagen Passat sedan, Jetta, Jetta wagon, Golf, EuroVan, EuroVan Camper Van and EuroVan Chassis vehicles. It has been assumed that upon deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to explode. According to the recall report, in the event of a crash and necessitating deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag, the inflator could explode with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Volkswagen again will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver’s frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 12, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 69X3.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Auto manufacturers are required to recall vehicles with safety-related defects. The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides an easy to use website for updates on vehicle-related recalls. Owners just need to know their vehicle identification number (VIN) to use it. Once located on the lower left of your car’s windshield, the 17-character VIN will address if any repairs are needed as part of a recall. The VIN is also located on a vehicle’s registration document or may be shown on an insurance card.

We have a look at the Five of the Largest Vehicle Recalls in History and more information on vehicle product liability and consumer rights on our blog.

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