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Audi A3 / S3 Recalls

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11/16/09 Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2010 audi a3, tt, and tt roadster passenger vehicles manufactured between september 29, 2005 and august 26, 2009. the closing force of an internal spring of the fuel tank ventilation valve is not adequate enough to hold the valve closed under extreme driving conditions possibly allowing fuel to leak.

In the presence of an ignition source, a vehicle fire could occur.

Volkswagen will notify owners and audi dealers will replace the fuel tank ventilation valve with an improved valve free of charge. the safety recall began on november 16, 2009. owners may contact audi at 1-800-253-2834.

Volkswagen's recall campaign number is 20q3/j3.owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
09/19/17 Engine Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain 2017-2018 audi a3 cabriolet and a3 sedan vehicles. the engine control unit (ecu) software may misinterpret the flywheel rotation on engine start-up as a "knocking" condition, and the adjusted air/fuel mixture may result in an engine stall.

An engine stall can increase the risk of a crash.

Audi will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the ecu software, free of charge. the recall began september 19, 2017. owners may contact audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. volkswagen's number for this recall is 24df.

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.
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06/16/15 Engine Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015 volkswagen golf, and gti manufactured on february 17, 2014, to may 22, 2014, and audi a3 manufactured on february 16, 2013, to april 23, 2014. improper nickel plating of components within the fuel pump may result in the fuel pump failing.

If the fuel pump fails, the vehicle will not start, or if the engine is running, it will stop and the vehicle will stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace any affected fuel pumps, free of charge. the recall began on june 16, 2015. owners may contact volkswagen at 1-800-893-5298 or audi at 1-800-253-2834.

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.
10/20/09 Transmission and Drivetrain Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2009 and 2010 passenger cars manufactured between september 2008 and august 2009. the wiring harness of a temperature sensor in the direct shift gearbox (dsg) may have connector wires that were insufficiently crimped. with insufficiently crimped connector wires, a temperature sensor has the potential to falsely detect a high gearbox oil temperature, causing the transmission to abruptly shift to neutral. if this happens, the selector lever position indicator within the instrument panel will flash. in addition, the "depress brake pedal" indicator light will be illuminated, alerting the driver to apply the brakes.

The abrupt shift to neutral could lead to a crash without warning.

Volkswagen will reprogram the transmission control module with updated software free of charge. the recall began on october 20, 2009. owners may contact volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.

Vw recall no.37e3/s7 & audi recall no. 37e5/j7.owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
02/14/17 Brakes and Traction Control Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 volkswagen jetta a5 sedan, 2009 volkswagen jetta sportwagen, eos, gti, rabbit and audi a3 vehicles, and 2010 volkswagen golf a6 vehicles. the antilock brake system (abs) control unit may fail during abs or electronic stability control (esc) activation, possibly causing a loss of vehicle control.

A loss of vehicle control can increase the risk of a crash.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will update the abs control module software to improve the module's self-testing abilities. any module that fails the new diagnostic test will be replaced. these repairs will be made free of charge. the recall began february 2017. owners may contact volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.

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.
11/01/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2016 tt roadster, a3 cabriolet, a3 sedan and a3 e-tron, 2016-2017 tt coupe, 2017 a4 sedan and q7 and 2015-2017 q3 vehicles. the affected vehicles may have been programmed with new software that inadvertently makes the side marker lights inoperative in conjunction with the parking lights or the headlights. as such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) number 108, "lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment."

If the side marker lights do not illuminate, the vehicle may be less visible at night, increasing the risk of a crash.

Audi will notify owners, and dealers will upload revised software to correct the issue, free of charge. this recall began november 2016. owners may contact audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. volkswagen's number for this recall is 97cb.

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.
02/29/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning Volkswagen group of america, llc (volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015 audi a3 cabriolet vehicles manufactured june 5, 2014, to april 1, 2015. the affected vehicles have a driver or front passenger seat whose cover may be incorrectly stitched, preventing the side air bag from properly deploying in the event of a crash.

Improper side air bag deployment may increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's and/or front passenger's seatback cover, free of charge. owners were mailed interim notices on february 4, 2016. the recall began on february 29, 2016 . owners may contact audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. volkswagen's number for this recall is 74c9.

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.
08/31/06 Electrical and Air Conditioning On certain passenger vehicles, during production of the air bag, either the left or the right side curtain air bag inflation module may leak.

In the event of a crash, the air bag may not inflate as designed increasing the risk of injury to a seat occupant.

Dealers will replace the side curtain air bag free of charge. the recall began on august 31, 2006. owners may contact audi at 1-800-822-2834.

Volkswagen recall no. jp.customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration?s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
06/23/17 Other Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain 2015 audi a3 1.8t fwd s tronic and 2.0t quattro s tronic vehicles. the safety certification label has an incorrect vehicle production date. as such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 cfr part 567, "certification."

In the event of a vehicle safety recall, an incorrect production date may prevent owners from determining if the recall affects them, increasing their risk of injury or a crash.

Audi will notify owners, and dealers will install an overlay label containing the correct vehicle production date, free of charge. the recall june 23, 2017. owners may contact audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. volkswagen's number for this recall is 51f5.

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.
02/29/16 Other Volkswagen group of america, llc (volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015 audi a3 cabriolet vehicles manufactured june 5, 2014, to april 1, 2015. the affected vehicles have a driver or front passenger seat whose cover may be incorrectly stitched, preventing the side air bag from properly deploying in the event of a crash.

Improper side air bag deployment may increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's and/or front passenger's seatback cover, free of charge. owners were mailed interim notices on february 4, 2016. the recall began on february 29, 2016 . owners may contact audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. volkswagen's number for this recall is 74c9.

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.

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Audi A3 / S3 Recalls

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.