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03/24/17 Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain 2017 passat vehicles. brake fluid may leak slowly from the some of the brake line connections, resulting in a low brake fluid level.

A low brake fluid level may lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected brake lines, free of charge. the recall is expected to begin in march 2017. owners may contact volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. volkswagen's number for this recall is 47n3.

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.
09/16/16 Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2016 jetta vehicles manufactured october 31, 2015, to january 21, 2016, 2016 passat vehicles, equipped with 1.8t engines manufactured november 13, 2015, to december 9, 2015, and 2016 golf vehicles manufactured november 5, 2015, to november 11, 2015. in the affected vehicles, the fuel rail may detach from the cylinder head and result in a fuel leak.

A fuel leak, in the presence of an ignition source, can result in a vehicle fire.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the cylinder heads, free of charge. the manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. owners may contact volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. volkswagen's number for this recall is 15f7.

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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03/09/16 Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 jetta, beetle, beetle convertible, passat, golf and golf sportwagen vehicles. in the affected vehicles, the camshaft lobe that drives the brake vacuum pump may shear off, resulting in a loss of brake assist.

If the camshaft lobe shears off there would be a loss of brake assist, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.

Volkswagen dealer will update the engine control module (ecm) software. the recall began march 2016. owners may contact volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. volkswagen's number for this recall is 23r1.

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.
06/11/15 Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015 passat vehicles manufactured may 18, 2015, to may 21, 2015. the affected vehicles have a brake line at the left rear wheel area that may not have been properly tightened.

If the brake line was not properly tightened, it may leak brake fluid, causing a reduction in braking performance, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of crash.

Volkswagen has notified owners, and dealers will tighten the brake line fitting, free of charge. the recall began on june 11, 2015. owners may contact volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. volkswagen's number for this recall is 47m3.

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.
02/09/15 Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 jetta vehicles manufactured march 28, 2014, to november 24, 2014, 2014-2015 passat vehicles manufactured april 7, 2014, to november 18, 2014, 2015 golf and gti vehicles manufactured july 1, 2014, to november 20, 2014, and 2014-2015 beetle and beetle convertible vehicles manufactured march 31, 2014, to november 27, 2014. a sealing cap at the fuel rail may fail, allowing fuel to leak into the engine compartment.

A fuel leak, in the presence of an ignition source, can result in a vehicle fire.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel rails with new parts, free of charge. the recall began february 6, 2015. owners may contact volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. volkswagen's number for this recall is 24bl. note: this recall expands and supersedes recall 14v-809 (volkswagen recall number 24bi) and only affects vehicles not previously repaired under that campaign.

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.
04/16/14 Volkswagen of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2014 jetta, beetle, beetle convertible, and passat vehicles equipped with a 1.8t engine and torque converter automatic transmission. in the affected vehicles, the o-ring seals between the oil cooler and the transmission may leak fluid.

The leaking transmission fluid could contact a hot surface and result in a vehicle fire.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the o-ring seals in the transmission oil cooler, free of charge. the recall is expected to begin on april 16, 2014. owners may contact volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. volkswagen's number for this recall is 38b9/9v.

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.
12/05/08 Vw is recalling 130 my 2009 passat, passat wagon, and passat cc vehicles. some vehicles may have an electromechanical steering gear control unit that can malfunction due to a damaged capacitor. if this malfunction occurs, the driver's steering input is not properly processed by the system and the vehicle may not respond as the driver intends. this defect can only occur immediately after vehicle start-up when the steering wheel is moved for the first time and at speeds less than 5 mph.

Driver attempts to overcome the system during malfunction will cause (1) vibrations in the steering wheel; (2) the steering system motor to turn off; (3) the red steering system malfunction indicator light to illuminate; and (4) audible warnings to chime. a malfunctioning steering system could lead to a crash without warning.

Dealers will replace the steering gear in the affected vehicles. the recall began on december 5, 2008. owners may contact vw at 1-800-822-8987.

Vw recall no. 48j1/p3.customers may 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.
01/12/07 Certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 2.0l engine with 147 kw may have a vacuum line that may fracture and become disconnected at low ambient temperatures.

If this happens, the brake power assist can become inoperative, and the driver will experience increased effort to apply the brakes possibly increasing vehicle stopping distance. this could lead to a crash without warning.

Dealers will install the newly designed vacuum line. the recall began on january 12, 2007. owners may contact volkswagen at 1-800-893-5298.

Volkswagen recall no. p7. 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.
07/07/17 Engine Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain 2012-2014 passat vehicles, equipped with diesel engines and direct-shift transmissions (dsg). the vehicle's underbody heat shield may not be long enough to protect the right half-shaft grease boot from heat, potentially resulting in a grease leak.

If the leaking grease contacts a heated surface, such as the exhaust system and/or the diesel particulate filter (dpf), it could increase the risk of fire.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driveshaft heat shield, free of charge. the recall began on july 7, 2017. owners may contact volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. volkswagen's number for this recall is 23w5.

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.
03/09/16 Engine Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 jetta, beetle, beetle convertible, passat, golf and golf sportwagen vehicles. in the affected vehicles, the camshaft lobe that drives the brake vacuum pump may shear off, resulting in a loss of brake assist.

If the camshaft lobe shears off there would be a loss of brake assist, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.

Volkswagen dealer will update the engine control module (ecm) software. the recall began march 2016. owners may contact volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. volkswagen's number for this recall is 23r1.

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.
04/27/12 Engine Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2012 passat vehicles, manufactured from january 18, 2011, through june 1, 2011. during assembly, these vehicles were built with a diesel fuel filter element that may not seal correctly.

Over time, or after certain driving distances, these vehicles are susceptible to fuel leakage. leaking fuel, in the presence of an ignition source, may lead to a fire.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the diesel fuel filter elements, free of charge. the safety recall began on april 27, 2012. owners may contact volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.

Volkswagen?s safety recall number is 20r7/w3.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.
05/30/08 Engine Volkswagen is recalling 4,079 my 2008 passat and 2,500 my 2009 tiguan passenger vehicles equipped with 2.0t fsi ulev ii engines. these vehicles have an engine control module (ecm) containing software that may not properly control engine idle with the air conditioning turned on. in rare cases, the ecm may unexpectedly increase engine rpm.

An engine surge caused by an unexpected increase in engine rpm may surprise the vehicle operator and can result in a crash without warning.

Dealers will inspect and update the ecm software free of charge. the recall began on may 30, 2008. owners may contact volkswagen at 1-800-893-5298.

Volkswagen recall no. 24m9/r7.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.
09/28/07 Engine On certain vehicles equipped with 1.8l turbo, 2.8l v6, or 3.0l engines, a change in the electrical motor components in the fuel pump can lead to an inoperative fuel pump and, ultimately, stoppage of fuel supply to the engine causing it to stall.

If fuel flow to the engine is interrupted, the vehicle could stall without warning and thus present a potential risk of crash.

Dealers will install new fuel pumps free of charge. the recall began on september 28, 20007. owners may contact vw at 1-800-222-8987 or audi at 1-800-822-2834. this recall is a supplement to a previous campaign (please see 06v017).

Vw recall no. m7 and audi recall no. jl.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.
04/10/06 Engine On certain vehicles produced from september 2002 - march 2003, equipped with 1.8l turbo, 2.8l v6, or 3.0l engines, a change in the electrical motor components in the fuel pump can lead to an inoperative fuel pump and, ultimately, stoppage of fuel supply to the engine causing it to stall.

If fuel flow to the engine is interrupted, the vehicle could stall without warning and thus present a potential risk of crash.

Dealers will install new fuel pumps free of charge. the recall began on april 10, 2006. owners may contact vw at 1-800-222-8987 or audi at 1-800-822-2834.

Vw recall no. m7 and audi recall no. jl.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.
02/08/05 Engine On certain passenger vehicles, the high pressure diesel pumps were produced with an improper fastener, which could allow diesel fuel to escape from the pump.

Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source may lead to a fire.

Dealers will replace the diesel pump. the recall began on february 8, 2005. owners should contact volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.

Vw recall no. vy.customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
12/31/69 Engine Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain 2009-2016 volkswagen cc, 2006-2010 passat and passat wagon vehicles. interruption of electrical power to the fuel pump control module may cause the fuel pump to fail.

If the fuel pump fails, the engine will stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump control module, free of charge. remedy parts are currently unavailable. interim notices informing owners of the safety risk were mailed on october 13, 2017. owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. owners may contact volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. volkswagen's number for this recall is 20ae.

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.
07/07/17 Transmission and Drivetrain Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain 2012-2014 passat vehicles, equipped with diesel engines and direct-shift transmissions (dsg). the vehicle's underbody heat shield may not be long enough to protect the right half-shaft grease boot from heat, potentially resulting in a grease leak.

If the leaking grease contacts a heated surface, such as the exhaust system and/or the diesel particulate filter (dpf), it could increase the risk of fire.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driveshaft heat shield, free of charge. the recall began on july 7, 2017. owners may contact volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. volkswagen's number for this recall is 23w5.

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.
03/24/17 Brakes and Traction Control Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain 2017 passat vehicles. brake fluid may leak slowly from the some of the brake line connections, resulting in a low brake fluid level.

A low brake fluid level may lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected brake lines, free of charge. the recall is expected to begin in march 2017. owners may contact volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. volkswagen's number for this recall is 47n3.

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.
12/07/05 Suspension and Steering On certain passenger vehicles, the left and right tie rod securing nut may be insufficiently torqued.

An insufficiently tightened tie rod nut may loosen, resulting in separation of a tie rod. this can cause a loss of steering control, which could cause a crash.

Dealers will inspect and install new left and right tie rod securing nuts at the proper torqued specification. the recall began on december 7, 2005. owners may contact volkswagen at 1-800-893-5298.

Volkswagen recall no. m5.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.
09/15/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 passat vehicles equipped with tdi engines. due to improperly assembled wire seals in a connector for an underbody sensor, water may enter and corrode the electrical connectors of the sensor, causing an electrical short.

An electrical short can cause the electrical connectors of the sensor to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the connector, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. the recall began in september. owners may contact volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. volkswagen's number for this recall is 23t3.

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.
01/15/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 volkswagen cc, and passat, 2010-2013 eos, 2011-2014 golf, gti, jetta, and tiguan, and 2012-2014 jetta sportwagen vehicles. in the affected vehicles, debris may contaminate the air bag clock spring, a spiral wound, flat cable that keeps the air bag powered while the steering wheel is being turned. this contamination may tear the cable and result in a loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag.

A loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag will prevent the air bag from deploying in the event of a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install a protective cover over the steering wheel clock spring if the air bag light is off. if the airbag light is on and the steering wheel clock spring requires replacement, dealers will install a new steering wheel clock spring. these repairs will be performed free of charge. the recall began on january 15, 2016. owners may contact volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987.

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.
05/13/14 Electrical and Air Conditioning Volkswagen group of america (volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 passat vehicles manufactured january 2011 through november 2012. in the affected vehicles, the low beam headlight bulb may become loose and lose electrical contact.

A loss of low beam headlights may reduce the driver's visibility and increase the risk of a crash.

Volkswagen notified owners, and dealers will replace the bulb holder, free of charge. the recall began in may 2014. owners may contact volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. volkswagens recall number associated with this campaign is 94g8/7v.

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.
04/27/07 Electrical and Air Conditioning On certain passenger, wagon, and convertible vehicles equipped with or without cruise control, a brake light switch may malfunction if it was installed incorrectly.

The brake lights could become inoperative, or remain on. failure to provide the proper signal when braking could lead to a crash without warning.

Dealers will install the newly designed brake light switch free of charge. the recall began on april 27, 2007, and will be conducted in several staggered mailings through september 21, 2007. vehicles within the make, model, and model year of this population may be involved in either this recall or 06v-183, but not both. the remedy is the same for each recall. volkswagen dealers will apply the remedy based on the vin number of the vehicle. owners may contact vw at 1-800-822-8987.

Volkswagen recall no. n4.customers may 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.
01/12/07 Electrical and Air Conditioning On certain '6' generation passenger vehicles, the wiper motor may fail during heavy rain due to excessive moisture entering the wiper motor. if this happens, the wipers can become inoperative.

This could lead to reduced visibility increasing the risk of a crash without warning.

Dealers will install a special cover and sealing kit. the recall began on january 12, 2007. owners may contact volkswagen at 1-800-893-5298.

Volkswagen recall no. p6.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.
11/19/14 Other Volkswagen group of america, inc. (volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015 volkswagen jetta and passat vehicles manufactured september 23, 2014, to october 9, 2014, and equipped with manual front seatback recliners. in the affected vehicles, the seatback recliner retaining bracket may not engage correctly, resulting in unexpected movement of the seatback.

Unexpected movement of the driver's seatback may distract the driver, increasing the risk of a crash.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the assembly of the seatback recliner retaining bracket, correcting it as necessary, free of charge. the recall began in october 2014. owners may contact volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. volkswagen's number for this recall is 72f1.

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.
09/19/03 Other Certain sedans and station wagons equipped with 4.0l w8 engines fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 110, "tire selection and rims." the affected vehicles are equipped with tires of the maximum load rating index 93h; however, they should have been equipped with tires with the load rating index 97h.

These vehicles should have been equipped with tires having the load rating index 97h.

Dealers will replace all four tires with the proper size tires. owner notification began september 19, 2003. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact vw at 1-800-822-8987.

Volkswagen recall no. wd.customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).

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Volkswagen Passat 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.