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NEWS: Volkswagen is recalling certain 2012-2014 Passat vehicles equipped with TDI engines;  ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 
Report Receipt Date: MAR 24, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V171000 
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 91,442 

MARCH 2016 -- 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 manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. 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.

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NEWS: Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2006 Volkswagen Passat sedans and wagons, 2005-2013 Audi A3, and 2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet vehicles; AIR BAGS 
Report Receipt Date: FEB 10, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V079000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 0 

FEBRUARY 2016 -- Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2006 Volkswagen Passat sedans and wagons, 2005-2013 Audi A3, and 2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death. Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflators, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. 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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NEWS: Volkswagen is recalling certain 2010-2014 Golf and Jetta SportWagen, 2007-2010 Passat sedans and wagon, 2012-2014 Passat sedan and Eos, 2009-2014 CC, 2009-2012 Audi Q5, and 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet vehicles; AIR BAGS  
Report Receipt Date: FEB 10, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V078000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 0 

FEBRUARY 2016 -- Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Golf and Jetta SportWagen, 2007-2010 Passat sedans and wagon, 2012-2014 Passat sedan and Eos, 2009-2014 CC, 2009-2012 Audi Q5, and 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death. Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflators, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. 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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NEWS: Volkswagen is recalling certain 2015-2016 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, Golf and Golf SportWagen vehicles; ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING , SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC  
Report Receipt Date: OCT 26, 2015 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V705000 
Component(s): ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING , SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 91,867 

NOV 2015 -- 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. The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. Volkswagen will send owners an interim notification by December 22, 2015 and will send a second notification when a remedy plan has been finalized, currently expected to be in March 2016. 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.

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NEWS: Volkswagen emission scandal widens: 11 million cars affected; EMISSIONS
USA Today @ September 22, 2015

SEPT 2015 -- Volkswagen's emissions scandal ballooned Tuesday as the automaker said it affects 11 million vehicles worldwide and will require the company to set aside 6.5 billion euro ($7.3 billion).

The startling admission instantly makes the crisis one of the most expensive automotive scandals in recent memory.

The crisis also threatens to upend the company on its rapid path to becoming the world’s largest automaker. Volkswagen had seized the title from Toyota for the first six months of 2015.

"This could damage the Volkswagen brand globally for years to come," said former automotive marketing executive Peter De Lorenzo, blogger at Autoextremist.com, in an interview. "Trust and belief in the brand has been broken."

The crisis began Friday when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused Volkswagen of installing sophisticated software on nearly 500,000 U.S. vehicles to manipulate emissions tests.

The technology tricks regulators into believing that 4-cylinder diesel vehicles comply with emissions standards, but the cars are actually admitting harmful pollutants at rates of up to 40 times acceptable standards. Volkswagen quickly halted sales of the cars after the allegations surfaced.

The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal probe into the automaker's actions. The EPA's own investigation is ongoing, and foreign regulators are expected to launch their own probes.

"Volkswagen is working at full speed to clarify irregularities concerning a particular software used in diesel engines," the company said Tuesday in a statement.

The "discrepancies" affect vehicles with what it called "Type EA 189 engines," causing "a notable deviation between bench test results and actual road use."

In the U.S., the EPA could fine Volkswagen up to $37,500 per car, which would equal a maximum fine of some $18 billion.

The scandal raises serious questions about whether high-level executives knew about the software, which had been installed on some nameplates for at least six consecutive model years.

The EPA has said the company admitted to installing the software. The agency said the software affected the four-cylinder diesel versions of the 2009 to 2015 Jetta, Beetle, Golf, the 2014 and 2015 Passat and the 2009 to 2015 Audi A3.

The episode is likely to trigger a recall and a flurry of consumer lawsuits. It may prompt the company to compensate individual car owners or other measures.

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NEWS: Volkswagen is recalling certain 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, Passat, and Tiguan, 2010-2013 Eos and Jetta, 2011-2014 Golf and GTI, and 2011-2013 Jetta Sportwagen vehicles; AIR BAGS 
Report Receipt Date: AUG 04, 2015 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V483000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 420,000 

AUGUST 2015 -- Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, Passat, and Tiguan, 2010-2013 Eos and Jetta, 2011-2014 Golf and GTI, and 2011-2013 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. The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. 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.

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NEWS: Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2015 Passat vehicles;  SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Report Receipt Date: JUN 15, 2015 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V373000 
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 62 

JULY 2015 -- 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. 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.

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NEWS: Volkswagen is recalling certain 2014-2015 Jetta; 2014-2015 Passat; 2015 Golf and GTI and 2014-2015 Beetle and Beetle Convertible vehicles; FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE 
Report Receipt Date: DEC 22, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V809000 
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 37,979 

DECEMBER 2014 -- Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Jetta vehicles manufactured March 28, 2014, to November 24, 2014, certain 2014-2015 Passat vehicles manufactured April 7, 2014, to November 18, 2014, certain 2015 Golf and GTI vehicles manufactured July 1, 2014, to November 20, 2014, and certain 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 manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 24Bi. 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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NEWS: Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2015 Volkswagen Jetta and Passat vehicles; SEATS
Report Receipt Date: OCT 24, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V670000 
Component(s): SEATS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 393 

NOV 2014 -- 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. 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.

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NEWS: Volkswagen is recalling certain 2014 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Passat vehicles; TRANSMISSION 
Report Receipt Date: APR 15, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V182000 
Component(s):  TRANSMISSION
Potential Number of Units Affected: 26,452 

APRIL 2014 -- 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. 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.

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NEWS: Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Passat vehicles; HEADLIGHTS
Report Receipt Date: MAR 17, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V125000 
Component(s): HEADLIGHTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 150,201

APRIL 2014 -- 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 will notify owners, and dealers will replace the bulb holder, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. 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.

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NEWS:  Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2012 Passat vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V146000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

APRIL 2012 - 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 is expected to begin during may 2012.  . 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. 12V-146

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NOVEMBER 2008 -- 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 is expected to begin during December 2008. . 08V577


NEWS:    2008 Volkswagen Passat & 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan

ConsumerReports.org -- July 21,  2008 -- Volkswagen is recalling over 4,000 Volkswagen Passat and 2,500 Tiguan vehicles equipped with 2.0T FSI ULEV II engines. The problem occurs when the engine is in idle and the air conditioning is turned on, the software may not control engine idle. As a result, the engine could surge unexpectedly.

Dealers will inspect and update the engine control module that contains the software, free of charge.

The recall began at the end of May. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-893-5298.

MORE RECALL INFORMATION:     VW Passat        Volkswagen Tiguan


MAY 2008 -- Volkswagen is recalling 4,000 MY 2008 Passat sedans and wagons and 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. The recall is expected to begin during June 2008.  08V235

APRIL 2008 -- Volkswagen is recalling 412,000 MY 1999-2005 Passat (5th Generation) vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions and produced after June 14, 1999. These vehicles may have an underbody heat shield that can become damaged. If this occurs, the heat shield may contact the exhaust system, which can result in a vehicle fire. In addition, affected vehicles with automatic or manual transmissions may have a fuel line (1.8T engines only) or fuel tank ventilation valve (4Motion All Wheel Drive only) that can leak due to fracture. A heat shield that may contact the exhaust system can result in a vehicle fire. In addition, a fuel leak from a fuel line or fuel tank ventilation valve, in the presence of an ignition source, can lead to a vehicle fire. Dealers will install additional underbody heat shields on vehicles with automatic transmissions to cover the possibly damaged areas and flash all 1.8T vehicles with a precautionary software update. Dealers will also inspect and adjust the fuel line routing on 1.8T vehicles and the fuel tank ventilation valve on 4Motion/All Wheel Drive vehicles, and replace components if necessary free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or about May 30, 2008. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. This recall was the subject of a Preliminary Evaluation, PE08-008, and an Engineering Analysis, EA07-014, conducted by the Office of Defects Investigation. 08V156


NEWS:  Volkswagen Recalls 410,000 Passats

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Volkswagen Group of America Inc. says it's voluntarily recalling about 410,000 gasoline powered Passats because of potential problems including damage to a heat shield.

Volkswagen announced the recall Friday, saying no accidents or injuries have been recorded related to the 1999 to 2005 model year Passats.

Some Passats with an automatic transmission may have an underbody heat shield that could be subject to damage. And some with 1.8T engines have a fuel line that requires potential replacement.

Also, some all-wheel-drive Passats will be inspected for potential fuel tank ventilation valve damage.

Volkswagen plans to notify owners of the recall, but says drivers who smell fuel should take the vehicle to a Volkswagen dealer or authorized repair shop


August 2007 -- VW is recalling 34,358 MY 2003 Passat and Audi A4 and A6 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. The recall is expected to begin during September 20007. This recall is a supplement to a previous campaign (please see 06V017). 07V-375


NEWS:   VW Passat Recall

December 18, 2006
Volkswagen of America Inc. reports that 62,000 Passat sedans and wagons from the 2006 and 2007 model years in the U.S. and Canada will be recalled because of potential problems with wiper motors and braking in cold weather. Worldwide, Volkswagen is recalling 300,000 of its Passat sedans.

Volkswagen Passats built in 2005 and the first half of 2006 can develop a fuel leak and a 200-horse power model can develop brake problems. On some vehicles, a power brake vacuum line could fracture at low ambient temperatures and require increased effort to stop.

Volkswagen ruled out the danger of total brake failure.

Volkswagen said fixing the problems takes about an hour per vehicle. The company will begin to notify vehicle owners in January about the recall.


NEWS:   Volkswagen Recalls Passats on Brake, Diesel Systems

Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Volkswagen AG, Europe's largest carmaker, recalled 300,000 Passat cars worldwide because of faulty brake and diesel systems and windshield-wiper motors.

Power-brake vacuum lines on the affected vehicles may fracture and become disconnected at low temperatures, drastically reducing braking power, the Wolfsburg, Germany-based company said in a statement today.

A fuel-cooling unit's holder on diesel-powered models sold outside the U.S. may break and cause a fuel leak, Hans-Gerd Bode, a Volkswagen spokesman, said in a phone interview. The wiper motor may fail during heavy rain due to excessive moisture.


NEWS:   Volkswagen recalls 62,000 Passats in U.S., Canada

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Volkswagen of America Inc. said on Friday it would recall 62,000 Passat sedans and wagons from the 2006 and 2007 model years in the U.S. and Canada because of potential problems with wiper motors or braking in cold weather.

Volkswagen said it would begin to notify the vehicle owners in January about the recall. On some vehicles, a power brake vacuum line could fracture at low ambient temperatures and require increased effort to stop.

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