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nico5805 Very smooth ride. November 22, 2017 trendline
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Live down a rough gravel road and this thing absorbs the bumps and holes like its nothing. lots of power and great handling. could not ask for a better car for the price.
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Recall Information

Recall number
Recall date
System affected
Model year(s) affected
Recall number
2020353
Recall date
2020-08-04
System affected
Label
Model year(s) affected
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Manufacturer Recall Number:
97EM 97EK 97EL
Units Affected:
132,432
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
Issue: On certain vehicles, the warning label for the engine block heater cable is written in English only. As a result, a French user may not receive important safety information about how to use the engine block heater. A label that is not provided in both official languages could create confusion. Safety Risk: User confusion could increase the risk of injury when trying to use the block heater. Corrective Actions: The company will mail each owner a new label for the block heater cable. If you would like help installing the label, you can contact a dealer for assistance.
Recall number
2020275
Recall date
2020-06-17
System affected
Brakes
Model year(s) affected
2020
Manufacturer Recall Number:
47Q2
Units Affected:
5
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
Issue: On certain vehicles, the front brake caliper mounting bolts may not be properly tightened. This could cause the bolts to loosen, which may result in reduced brake effectiveness. Safety Risk: Reduced brake effectiveness could cause an increase in stopping distance and create the risk of a crash. Corrective Actions: Volkswagen will notify owners and instruct you to take your vehicle to a dealer to replace the front brake caliper mounting bolts.
Recall number
2019423
Recall date
2019-08-22
System affected
Powertrain
Model year(s) affected
2015 2018 2019
Manufacturer Recall Number:
37M2
Units Affected:
117,306
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
Issue: On certain vehicles, a build-up of silicate on the shift lever switch could cause the transmission to detect that it is in the Park position when it isn't. This could allow the ignition key to be removed when the transmission is not in the Park position. If the parking brake is not applied, this could allow the car to roll away. Safety Risk: If the transmission position is not displayed correctly, a user may not know that the vehicle is not in the PARK position. If the parking brake is not applied, this could create a risk of a vehicle roll-away and increase the risk of a crash. Corrective Actions: The company will notify owners by mail. Owners will be instructed to take their vehicle to a dealer to have a new shift lever micro switch and control unit installed.
Recall number
2019116
Recall date
2019-03-06
System affected
Suspension
Model year(s) affected
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Manufacturer Recall Number:
42J5
Units Affected:
15,579
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
Issue: On certain vehicles, the rear suspension coil springs may not have been properly manufactured and could break over time. This could cause damage to a rear tire, resulting in rapid air loss and/or tire failure. Safety Risk: A rear tire failure could affect vehicle control. Additionally, a broken coil spring could also create a road hazard for other motorists. Both of these conditions may increase the risk of a crash. Corrective Actions: The company will notify owners by mail. Owners will be instructed to take their vehicle to a dealer to have both of the rear axle coil springs replaced. If a broken coil spring is found, the rear tires should be inspected for damage and replaced as required.
Recall number
2018371
Recall date
2018-07-11
System affected
Powertrain
Model year(s) affected
2015 2016 2017 2018
Manufacturer Recall Number:
37L5
Units Affected:
24,123
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles, the park position switch may malfunction due to a problem with the electrical contacts. This could allow for removal of the ignition key without the shift lever being in the Park (P) position. If the parking brake is not applied, this could result in unintended vehicle movement, which could increase the risk of crash causing injury and/or damage to property. Correction: Dealers will install an additional park position switch and circuit board.
Recall number
2018316
Recall date
2018-06-13
System affected
Airbag
Model year(s) affected
2003
Manufacturer Recall Number:
69X3
Units Affected:
368
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles, the driver frontal airbag could explode if the vehicle is involved in a collision that warrants an airbag deployment. If this occurs, sharp metal fragments could be propelled toward vehicle occupants, which would increase the risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will replace the driver frontal airbag inflator.
Recall number
2018292
Recall date
2018-06-01
System affected
Brakes
Model year(s) affected
2018
Manufacturer Recall Number:
47N8 / 47N9 / 47N6
Units Affected:
5,120
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles, a problem with the brake system may cause gas bubbles to form in the brake fluid. This could cause a soft brake pedal feel and a reduction in brake performance, increasing the risk of a crash causing injury and/or damage to property. Correction: Dealers will bleed the front or rear brakes as necessary. Note: In the interim, owners are advised to stop driving their vehicle until the defect has been repaired. Affected owners should call Volkswagen's Roadside Assistance number at 1-800-411-6688.
Recall number
2018266
Recall date
2018-05-17
System affected
Other
Model year(s) affected
2013
Manufacturer Recall Number:
01C5 / 01C6
Units Affected:
12
Notification Type:
Compliance Mfr
On certain early production vehicles, modifications may have been made prior to sale that could make the vehicles non-compliant with regulatory requirements. Correction: Volkswagen will repurchase the affected vehicles and remove them from the market.
Recall number
2018111
Recall date
2018-03-06
System affected
Airbag
Model year(s) affected
2010 2011 2012 2013
Manufacturer Recall Number:
69Q9
Units Affected:
37,197
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles, long-term exposure to high absolute humidity and temperature, combined with high temperature cycling, could eventually degrade the propellant contained in the driver frontal airbag. This could cause the airbag to deploy with more force than normal. As a result, if the vehicle were involved in a collision that warrants airbag deployment, fragments could be propelled toward vehicle occupants, and the airbag assembly could be damaged, preventing proper function. These issues could increase the risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will replace the driver frontal airbag inflator. Note: Canadian climate results in the propellant degrading slowly. The recall is being conducted as a precaution to address future risk, and is expected to replace airbag inflators before their function would be affected. Additional Note: This recall supersedes the Volkswagen brand vehicles subject to recall 2016-064 (Volkswagen Recall 69M9). Volkswagen vehicles completed under the previous 2016-064 recall require repair under this recall, as the previous recall remedy was an interim repair. Interim repair parts must be replaced with final repair parts.
Recall number
2017053
Recall date
2017-02-03
System affected
Label
Model year(s) affected
2017
Manufacturer Recall Number:
01B7
Units Affected:
115
Notification Type:
Compliance Mfr
Certain vehicles with factory installed 15-inch tires may fail to comply with the requirements of Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) 110 - Tire Selection and Rims. The certification label incorrectly states the sidewall height for the rear tires, which is contrary to the requirements of the standard. The rear tire specification on the label should read 195/65 R15. Correction: Dealers will install a new tire information label with correct specifications.
Recall number
2016629
Recall date
2016-12-14
System affected
Brakes
Model year(s) affected
2010
Manufacturer Recall Number:
45F2 / 45F5
Units Affected:
12,205
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles, a fault within the antilock brake system (ABS) may cause the module to fail during ABS and/or electronic stability control (ESC) activation. This will cause warning lights for ABS, brake and the ESC systems to illuminate. If this happens, the brake system related vehicle stabilizing functions (ABS/ESC) may not be available, increasing the risk of a loss of vehicle control and could lead to a crash causing injury and/or property damage. Correction: Dealers will update the ABS control module with improved diagnostic capability to detect insufficient PCU ground connection. ABS modules with insufficient ground connections will be replaced.
Recall number
2016433
Recall date
2016-09-07
System affected
Lights And Instruments
Model year(s) affected
2016
Manufacturer Recall Number:
97BW
Units Affected:
1,196
Notification Type:
Compliance Mfr
Certain vehicles equipped with lane and light assist may not conform to the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) 108 - Lighting System and Retroreflective Devices. The vehicles may have been manufactured with a European standard multi-function camera that does not include a test mode required by the standard. A manufacturing change has been made to prevent this non-compliance from continuing. No corrective action is required as the non-compliance is considered not to affect safety.
Recall number
2016430
Recall date
2016-09-02
System affected
Fuel Supply
Model year(s) affected
2015 2016
Manufacturer Recall Number:
20Y5 / 20Y6
Units Affected:
33,894
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles, the suction pump inside the fuel tank designed to purge fuel from the evaporative emissions (EVAP) system may be compromised. This could cause fuel to flow directly into the EVAP system which could, over time, accumulate and cause a leak through the charcoal canister filter element. Leaking fuel, in the presence of an ignition source, could lead to a fire causing injury and/or damage to property. Correction: Dealers will replace the suction pump inside the fuel tank.
Recall number
2016319
Recall date
2016-06-22
System affected
Structure
Model year(s) affected
2016
Manufacturer Recall Number:
58C9
Units Affected:
1,567
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles, rear door child safety locks could disengage due to external vehicle vibration (such as when closing a door). This would render it possible for a child to unintentionally open a door, increasing the risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the child locks. Note: This recall affects Golf R models only.
Recall number
2016064
Recall date
2016-02-09
System affected
Airbag
Model year(s) affected
2010 2011 2012 2013
Manufacturer Recall Number:
69M9 / 69N1
Units Affected:
64,660
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles, the driver frontal airbag inflator could produce excessive internal pressure during airbag deployment. Increased pressure may cause the inflator to rupture, which could allow fragments to be propelled toward vehicle occupants, increasing the risk of injury. This could also damage the airbag module, which could prevent proper deployment. Failure of the airbag to fully deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of personal injury to the seat occupant. Correction: Dealers will replace the front driver airbag inflator. Note: This campaign only affects the Audi A5 and Audi S5 Cabriolet models.
Recall number
2015504
Recall date
2015-10-23
System affected
Engine
Model year(s) affected
2015 2016
Manufacturer Recall Number:
23R1
Units Affected:
17,240
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles, the camshaft lobe which actuates the vacuum pump may fail, causing the pump to fail to deliver further vacuum supply to the brake booster, potentially increasing stopping distances. This would also result in a reduction in available engine power. These issues could increase the risk of a crash causing injury and/or damage to property. Note: This issue would result in the Engine Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) illuminating. Correction: Dealers will update the engine control module (ECM) software.
Recall number
2015445
Recall date
2015-10-05
System affected
Airbag
Model year(s) affected
2015
Manufacturer Recall Number:
69L6
Units Affected:
356
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles, an electro-magnetic coil inside the Passenger Occupant Detection System (PODS) control module was manufactured with improper insulation between the coil layer. This could result in the failure of the PODS control module, or misclassification of the front passenger seat occupant, which could prevent proper passenger airbag deployment during a crash where deployment is warranted, potentially increasing the risk of injury to the front passenger seat occupant. Correction: Dealers will replace the PODS control module. Note: Should this occur, vehicle occupants would be alerted of a problem by the airbag monitoring light illuminating or by a false indication of the Passenger Airbag OFF indicator.
Recall number
2015344
Recall date
2015-07-31
System affected
Seats And Restraints
Model year(s) affected
2011 2012 2013 2014
Manufacturer Recall Number:
69L2
Units Affected:
41,308
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles, the steering wheel clock spring could become contaminated with long hair or long fibers which may cause a displacement of the internal guide loops. When the guide loops are dragged out of position, they may apply tension to the internal flat cable and cause it to tear. Should the cable tear, the electrical connection to the driver's front airbag may be lost, causing the airbag monitoring indicator light to illuminate. Failure of the driver's airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of personal injury to the seat occupant. Correction: Dealers will install a cover of a different design to help prevent clock spring contamination caused by hair or other fibers. In instances where the vehicle has an airbag light on (and diagnosis confirms the steering wheel clock spring requires replacement), dealers will install a new steering wheel clock spring.
Recall number
2015161
Recall date
2015-04-16
System affected
Fuel Supply
Model year(s) affected
2015
Manufacturer Recall Number:
20V5 / 20W5
Units Affected:
1,203
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles, improper nickel plating of certain fuel pump internal components could contaminate the pump, potentially resulting in an inoperative fuel pump. This could result in a no-start condition, or an engine stall without warning and without the ability to restart the vehicle, which could increase the risk of a crash. Correction: Dealers will replace the fuel pump.
Recall number
2014575
Recall date
2014-12-17
System affected
Fuel Supply
Model year(s) affected
2015
Manufacturer Recall Number:
24BL
Units Affected:
2,708
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles, a sealing cap at the fuel rail may fail to seal, allowing fuel to leak into the engine compartment during engine operation. Leaking fuel, in the presence of an ignition source, could lead to a fire causing injury and/or damage to property. Correction: Dealers will inspect, and if necessary, replace the fuel rail.
Recall number
2014295
Recall date
2014-07-16
System affected
Powertrain
Model year(s) affected
2015
Manufacturer Recall Number:
38B9/9V
Units Affected:
29
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles equipped with 1.8T engines and torque-converter (non-DSG) automatic transmissions, out of specification transmission cooler sealing O-rings may allow transmission fluid to leak in proximity to hot surfaces. This could increase the risk of a fire, potentially causing injury and/or property damage. Correction: Dealers will replace affected O-rings. Note: This is an expansion of recall 2014-136.
Recall number
2014288
Recall date
2014-07-09
System affected
Suspension
Model year(s) affected
2015
Manufacturer Recall Number:
40K9/1W
Units Affected:
446
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles, the stabilizer link fasteners may have been improperly torqued during the assembly process. As a result, the fasteners may loosen over time. This could result in the stabilizer link detaching and interfering with the vehicle's steering, which would unexpectedly increase steering effort, and could increase the risk of a crash causing injury and/or damage to property. Correction: Dealers will replace the front stabilizer links.
Recall number
2014068
Recall date
2014-03-05
System affected
Accessories
Model year(s) affected
2013 2014
Manufacturer Recall Number:
TBDX/6V
Units Affected:
19,024
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles equipped with a factory installed block heater, the block heater could overheat while in use. This could result in a fire causing injury and/or property damage. Correction: Dealers will replace the block heater. Owners are advised to stop using the block heater in the interim.
Recall number
2011355
Recall date
2011-10-03
System affected
Fuel Supply
Model year(s) affected
2009 2010 2011 2012
Manufacturer Recall Number:
23J9/V5, 23J8/K5
Units Affected:
41,078
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles equipped with a 2.0L TDI diesel engine, the fuel injection lines could crack. Diesel fuel leakage may ignite on a hot engine surface and cause a fire, which could result in property damage and/or personal injury. Correction: Dealers will install vibration dampers on all four fuel injection lines. Additionally, on some vehicles (depending on the date of manufacture) the #2 fuel injection line will be replaced.
Recall number
2010444
Recall date
2010-12-10
System affected
Fuel Supply
Model year(s) affected
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Manufacturer Recall Number:
20I4/U1
Units Affected:
30,255
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain Golf, Golf wagon, Jetta and Rabbit equipped with a 2.5L Engine, a small plastic tab located on the windshield washer fluid reservoir may chafe against an underhood fuel supply line. If chafing occurs fuel leakage could develop which, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire causing property damage and/or personal injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and, if necessary, replace the fuel line. In addition, as a preventive measure, the plastic tab from the windshield washer fluid reservoir will be removed.
Recall number
2010306
Recall date
2010-09-13
System affected
Lights And Instruments
Model year(s) affected
2011
Manufacturer Recall Number:
97T4/T8
Units Affected:
1,730
Notification Type:
Compliance Mfr
Certain Golf and Golf wagon were built with a Daytime Running Light (DRL) system that can be deactivated, which is not in compliance with Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108 - Lighting System and Retroreflective devices. Correction: Dealers will install an updated software version.
Recall number
2006122
Recall date
2006-05-24
System affected
Lights And Instruments
Model year(s) affected
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Manufacturer Recall Number:
N4
Units Affected:
244,526
Notification Type:
Safety TC
On certain Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta wagon, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, Passat and Passat wagon, the brake lamp switch may malfunction. If this happens, the brake lamps could become inoperative; or could come on and stay on, even though the vehicle is parked. Correction: Dealers will replace the brake lamp switch with a newly revised version. This action includes vehicles previously affected by Transport Canada recall 03-184 and 04-075. The switch installed during this prior repair may not function properly. Note: parts available December 2006.
Recall number
2005107
Recall date
2005-04-14
System affected
Fuel Supply
Model year(s) affected
1999 2000
Manufacturer Recall Number:
UU
Units Affected:
7,709
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles equipped with a gasoline engine, fuel supply line tension may cause the fuel pump supply nipple to crack, which could result in a leak. A fuel leak, in the presence of an ignition source, may cause a fire. Correction: Dealers will inspect the fuel supply line for tension, and inspect the fuel pump supply nipple for cracks. If tension is present in the fuel supply line, it will be replaced. If the fuel pump supply nipple is cracked, both the fuel line and the fuel pump will be replaced.
Recall number
2005012
Recall date
2005-01-19
System affected
Seats And Restraints
Model year(s) affected
2002 2003 2004
Manufacturer Recall Number:
VV, VZ
Units Affected:
108,501
Notification Type:
Safety TC
Certain vehicles equipped with the comfort seats option may have a seat heater element that can malfunction when the ignition switch is in the "ON" position and the seat heater switch is also "ON". If this happened, the seated occupant may experience excessive heat in this location. The heating mat could damage, or melt a small hole in the seat. If this were to occur, an electrical/melting smell or small amount of smoke would be noticeable. In some cases, the small hole in the seat could damage the seated occupant's clothing. In rare instances, this could lead to a minor or superficial skin injury. Correction: Dealers will modify the driver's seat heater by installing an electrical repair kit and will install a new passenger side seat heater switch.
Recall number
2004436
Recall date
2004-12-13
System affected
Electrical
Model year(s) affected
2000 2001 2002
Manufacturer Recall Number:
VX
Units Affected:
80,752
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles, the hazard switch and flasher system function may degrade over time because of distortion and material transfer of the contacts of certain hazard switch relays which occurs due to substantially increased electrical current load from higher-wattage turn signal bulbs. The subject vehicles utilize a 27-watt turn signal bulb, instead of the 21-watt bulb used in other VW vehicles, which results in substantially higher current draw through the hazard switch relay. This may result in intermittent or inoperative turn signal and hazard flasher function. Correction: Dealers will replace the hazard switch relay.
Recall number
2004435
Recall date
2004-12-13
System affected
Fuel Supply
Model year(s) affected
2004 2005
Manufacturer Recall Number:
VY
Units Affected:
8,072
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicle equipped with TDI-PD (Pumpe-Düse) engines, the high-pressure diesel pumps were produced with improper fasteners. In rare cases, one of these improper fasteners may yield due to repeated cyclic loading and allow diesel fuel to escape from the high-pressure pump. Diesel fuel in the presence of an ignition source may lead to a fire. Additionally, due to the quantity of fuel that may be released, there is a crash risk posed to vehicles traveling behind the subject vehicle. Correction: Dealers will install a replacement diesel pump kit.
Recall number
2002028
Recall date
2002-02-15
System affected
Brakes
Model year(s) affected
2001 2002
Manufacturer Recall Number:
WJ
Units Affected:
18,615
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain passenger vehicles short circuits can occur within the electronic control unit of the anti-lock braking system (ABS). This can result in a fire. Correction: Dealers will replace the ABS control unit.
Recall number
2000214
Recall date
2000-10-03
System affected
Steering
Model year(s) affected
2000 2001
Manufacturer Recall Number:
UX
Units Affected:
2,094
Notification Type:
Safety Mfr
On certain vehicles, one of two brackets used to bolt the front control arm to the body structure may not have been welded to specifications. Depending on the strength of the weld seams, the control arm could gradually loosen and ultimately separate from its bracket resulting in control difficulty or possible loss of vehicle control. Correction: Vehicles will be inspected and suspect control arms will be replaced.
Recall number
2000189
Recall date
2000-09-14
System affected
Other
Model year(s) affected
2001
Manufacturer Recall Number:
UT
Units Affected:
32
Notification Type:
Compliance Mfr
Certain vehicles do not comply with the requirements of CMVSS 115 - Vehicle Identification Number. Vehicles were produced with a V.I.N. which contains an incorrect check digit. Correction: V.I.N. Plate and Certification Label will be replaced.
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