Volkswagen and Audi recall for brake issues includes the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.

Volkswagen and Audi issued two related recalls for braking issues across multiple cars and SUVs.

The automakers recalled 10,206 vehicles because an improper coating on a brake component may lead to reduced braking performance, including a brake pedal that may travel all the way to the floor. Affected Volkswagen vehicles include the 2018 AtlasPassatBeetle, Beetle Convertible, GolfGolf SportWagen, and GTI. Affected Audi vehicles include the 2018 Q5 and SQ5.

Volkswagen is also recalling 8,416 of its 2018 Atlas SUVs and 2017 to 2018 Passat sedans—some of which were repaired under the previous recall—for a related issue: A brake caliper bolt may become loose, leading to increased stopping distances, wheel damage, or loss of vehicle control. Drivers may notice a rattling sound if the bolt becomes loose. A Volkswagen spokesperson told CR that there have been no crashes or injuries related to the loose bolt issue.

Volkswagen says that vehicles repaired at dealerships under the first recall were fixed correctly. However, the automaker says some vehicles that had not yet been sold when the first recall was announced were improperly “reworked at the factory,” leading to the second recall.

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The Details

Vehicles recalled: Certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUVs, Passat sedans, Beetle hatchbacks and convertibles, Golf hatchbacks, Golf SportWagen station wagons, and GTI hatchbacks, and 2018 Audi Q5 and SQ5 SUVs. In addition, Volkswagen is also recalling certain 2017 to 2018 Passat sedans and 2018 Atlas SUVs with brake calipers that were improperly repaired at the factory under the previous recall campaign.

The problem: Initially, a supplier did not properly coat brake calipers, which could lead to increased stopping distances and pedal travel. In some cases, Volkswagen says, a supplier did not properly repair this issue while “reworking” vehicles at the factory.

Volkswagen recall includes Passat sedans

The fix: For the first recall, Volkswagen and Audi will bleed affected brakes. For the second, Volkswagen will inspect brake caliper bolts and retorque them if necessary.

How to contact the manufacturer: Customers can contact Volkswagen at 800-893-5298 or Audi at 800-253-2834.

NHTSA campaign number: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s number for the brake caliper bolt recall is 18V-536. The number for the brake caliper coating recall is 18V-369.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: Plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number at the NHTSA website. It will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.