It's been a long time in the making, but Volkswagen is finally offering an SUV that was designed with the qualities that American buyers crave, putting size and functionality front and center. It may not possess Volkswagen's traditional premium air, but the Atlas proved thoroughly competitive against its established three-row SUV peers.
Alerts
There are 15 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Atlas will have about average reliability when compared to the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Volkswagen Atlas owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Moon roof leaked after heavy rains, the dealer said they could not reproduce it. Later there was a manufacturer recall for the same, the dealer fixed it at that time. Unfortunately the water dripped onto the large touch screen, which now occasionally becomes unresponsive. Again, dealer service can not reproduce it. J cam only hope it won't get worse with time."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"Water dripped down from the headliner right over rear view mirror. Happened once, but it really ran into the car. Have since been notified of a recall that will fix the problem of sunroof drain easily clogging."

Anonymous, ME (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"Sunroof water leak. Problem solved when they changed hoses and connector in pillar A."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"Leak in sunroof"

Anonymous, MA (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Weather stripping was a problem that was annoying at highway speeds."

Ronald G., NC (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"Discovered water leaking in the interior around the hatch when parked pointing 'downhill" for the first time in the rain. Had owned the SUV for a little over a month. The interior sidewalls were soaked and it looked like the hatch seal was leaking. Took it to the local VW dealer who tried to claim problem looked like it had been repaired before and wasn't covered under warranty. They did some type of repair to the hatch gasket that seemed to work ......until it rained again. This time they removed headliner and sprayed water on the top. Found leak at antenna. Repaire. Replaced headliner, no problems since. There were a lot of comments about leaks around doors in on-line groups."

Anonymous, KY (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Noise in heat/air cond. system. Dash removed to correct problem. Worked fine for a while, noise has returned. System makes a pulsating sound at low speeds. Some rattles. Believe may be in the baffling system as 2007 Passat has a similar problem."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"The front-end noise was a result of the struts in the suspension system. It has been corrected. I believe this was a product defect during the manufacturing process. I understand this has been corrected in later models."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"The noise was a rattle on the front passenger side. The dealer resolved the issue by replacing the sway bar."

Scott R., IL (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"Replaced actuator in passenger window."

Lee M., CO (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"A low-pitch squeak audible whenever the vehicle was being driven at lower speeds and without climate control or audio turned on. Heard with every single tiny bump in the road, or when car would come to a stop. Turned out to be a part on the front driver's side that had dried out, according to the dealership. It was replaced and the problem solved."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"The car was recalled for knocking noise at front end."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"I had a rattle behind the dash. First dealer could not locate problem. Second dealer found loose wires that needed to be tied up."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"About one year into ownership I noticed when my vehicle was first driven I heard a creaking noise from the front suspension as the body shifted. It would subside when the car warmed up. The problem worsened over the past two years in volume and duration. Multiple repair attempts have been made at different dealerships and all have not been able to fix the problem. My vehicle has been at the dealership for 40 days at this point for the 7th attempt to repair the vehicle. Totally unacceptable after spending over $50K. Also, knowing there was a recall on Rear Coil Springs which could cause loss of control, and knowing my front spring was malformed and replaced in the location I have the noise is very concerning."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"Overhead console rattles near windshield"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"Wind noise at highway speed was annoying. Dealer could not resolve the problem."

Ronald G., NC (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"minor wind noise on the front door leading edgef"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"Occasional wind noise ( whistling type noise) from side mirrors at higher speeds"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Dealer performed service based on service bulletin. Emission sensors indicated failure after the work (check engine light came on). Dealer ended up replacing most of the sensors in the system as well as replacing some exhaust pipes."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"Catalytic converter had to be replaced. Was done under warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"broken sensor - replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"We kept getting an engine warning and it was a failed catalytic converter. Dealer paid for it as car was under warranty."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Atlas Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Took vehicle to the mountains parked in a hill facing down over night with over a 1/4 tank of fuel and did not start the following morning. The Volkswagen dealer did an excellent job diagnosis the problem."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light kept coming on repeatedly. We were told it was a sensor issue and they also replaced a larger component as well. Would not allow the remote start to operate during the winter."

Anonymous, AB (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"EVAP P0456 problem: faulty sensor caused engine light to stay on"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"Automatic cruise control stopped working, required 3 days at dealership on a road-trip to repair. Also, automatic ignition off-on drained battery, had to leave car at dealer for a week and a half to get a new battery (apparently VW had put wrong batteries in initial models). Very frustrated with all electronics on car."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)
Gauges

"It's very hard to know if my headlights are on or off. There is no headlight indicator in automatic mode. The ETE for fuel range over-estimates range by a factor of 2."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"airflow decreased dramatically since purchase anemic at best"

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)
Remote engine starter

"The remote range is very short. You can remote start to the curb, but if you want to cool off or warm up the car and it's more than 10 yards away, it probably won't work."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)
Warning lights

"Check engine light came for no reason on again and again. After 3rd visit, fully solved, no more issues ever.. or before..."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"Needed software update, inconvenient but nothing serious though."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"The passenger's seat sensor sometimes believes that someone is sitting there, when they are not. This causes the seat belt warning and air bag warning to go off nonstop which can be annoying, to say the least."

Anonymous, SC (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Android Auto

"The screen will turn black and be unresponsive. Generally if I hold the power button for a long time it will reset eventually."

Baynazier A., AZ (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"Android Auto intially worked but then stopped. Bluetooth does work. However, I am not able to listen to music on my phone either. Just talk on the cell phone. At one point Android Auto began to work again and then stopped. I talked to the dealer but they did not have any real ideas. I feel like VW want to just blame the cell phone people. I use Google Maps on my phone since I can't use the mapping in Android Auto and my Atlas SEL does not have built in mapping. At some point I will need to deal with VW but I haven't had the time or interest."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"It does not consistently work. It will discontent randomly."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Atlas Unsure Unsure)
Apple CarPlay

"Inexplicably, the system gets stuck on mute when in CarPlay mode - seemingly randomly. Other users have had the same problem. No solution."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Engine light came on. Catalytic converter has to be replaced"

Ahmed K., VA (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"Recalled twice for catalytic converter system"

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)
Other/unsure

"I believe the malfunctioning in the ACC was a product defect when the vehicle was manufactured. I understand that VW has correctly the issue."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"Maneuver braking would engage at times when exiting a parking lot onto a street, especially if it was a steep angle. The system works, meaning it engages ABS and stops the car, but it engages at inappropriate times, stopping the car in the middle of the lane unexpectedly in the middle of traffic. VW was unable to isolate the problem or repair it. We have had to turn the feature off for safety."

William W., CA (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"The air temperature at low settings, cold, have a very small range and do not appear to be temperature related. The control is just a dial, no temperature. To get into Max AC mode, I have to increase the fan speed and set control to max on dial."

Kathy H., TX (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"Passenger side began blowing non stop very hot air."

Terry T., TX (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan became loud. Replaced under VW warranty."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"The car was also recalled for AC leak check."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Shift points can be erratic."

Bret F., NY (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Loud squealing noise coming from transmission, at low speed (10-20 km/h), when accelerating and under load. Feels like loss of power or slipping in gearing transition. Reported to Dealer and then to VW Canada, they say it is caused by bubbles in the transmission fluid and that it is a normal noise!"

Dale B., BC (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"Shifting issues caused engine RPM to race, intermittently caused acceleration from stops and or passing to be problematic and arguably posed a safety issue."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Check engine light - rough running - intermittent - multiple occurrences - dealer said I need to use Top Tier gas - switch in gas helped, but still happens occasionally"

Jay M., ME (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

"In cold weather, engine would run rough and/or not start at all.Check engine light and other messages would appear. This happen 5 or 6 times over the course of the first winter. At first dealer could not find problem. After third visit to dealer they said I needed to use different gas, Top Tier gas. I made the change and slowly, over the next few thousand miles, prob;em disappeared."

Anonymous, ME (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"battery died for no reason"

Anonymous, TN (2018 Volkswagen Atlas Unsure Unsure)
Electronic ignition

"could not start vehicle when it stopped running"

Anonymous, TN (2018 Volkswagen Atlas Unsure Unsure)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Noticed slow coolant loss once the car was about a year old. Head gaskets replaced under warranty because manufacturer felt this was the cause."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Bought new and it has a circle where the paint has a different texture. Dealer will fix."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Battery had to be replaced, not well matched to the cars electrical system. Keyless starters battery failed had to be replaced."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Crack developed in windshield after a cold weather spell. Was not caused by rock or other object striking glass."

Anonymous, KY (2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 3.6-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
EQUIPMENT
Feb 16, 2022
Without the reduced GVWR label, the vehicle could be overloaded, leading to a loss of control and increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018-2021 Atlas and 2020-2021 Atlas Cross Sport vehicles equipped with accessory side steps. The reduced Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) label, reflecting the additional weight of the side steps, was not installed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
What should you do:
Dealers will install the reduced GVWR label, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed March 31, 2022. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 09D9.
For more information:
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.nhtsa.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 22V086000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3648
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
May 05, 2021
Vehicles that do not meet all regulatory requirements may have an increased risk of injury, crash, or fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2017 Touareg GP, Tiguan, Golf A6, E-Golf GP, CCF, 2016-2017 Passat GP, 2018-2019 Golf R GP, and 2018 Atlas vehicles. These internal-use vehicles were sold without confirmation that they were built to all applicable regulatory requirements and may have been modified prior to sale. As such, these vehicles may fail to comply with the requirements of various Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will repurchase the vehicles. Owner notification letters were mailed May 20, 2021. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 01F1.
For more information:
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.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V321000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 46
TIRES
Mar 05, 2021
Over cured tires may develop a break in the sidewall, resulting in sudden air loss or belt edge separation which could lead to tread/belt loss. Either condition can cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Atlas vehicles equipped with Continental tires. On the affected vehicles, it is possible that one or more tires were cured for too long during tire production.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the tires, and replace them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on March 24, 2021. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 44R1.
For more information:
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.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V142000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2535
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
Sep 16, 2020
Vehicles that do not meet all regulatory requirements may have an increased risk of a crash or injury to vehicle occupants.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Golf R and Atlas, 2017 Golf Alltrack and E-Golf and 2016-2018 Passat vehicles. These internal use vehicles were sold without confirmation that they were built to all applicable regulatory requirements and may have been modified prior to sale. As such, these vehicles may fail to comply with the requirements of various Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners and will repurchase the vehicles. The recall began October 6, 2020. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 01E9.
For more information:
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.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V561000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 23
AIR BAGS
Jan 31, 2020
In the event of a crash necessitating frontal air bag deployment, a delayed or disabled airbag deployment can increase the risk of injury.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Atlas vehicles. The vehicles may be equipped with an incorrectly manufactured air bag sensor, which can delay or disable air bag deployment when necessary.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag crash sensor, free of charge. The recall began February 21, 2020. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69AL.
For more information:
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.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V057000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
May 22, 2019
Without the blocking cap, the headlight aim can be adjusted out of specification, reducing visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2012-2020 Volkswagen Passat and 2018-2019 Atlas vehicles. The blocking cap disabling the adjustment of the headlight's horizontal aim may not have been installed. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, block the headlight horizontal adjustment, free of charge. The recall began July 16, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 94L9.
For more information:
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.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V389000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 662185
SUSPENSION
Dec 19, 2018
If a coil spring fractures while driving, it may damage a rear tire causing a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Volkswagen Atlas, 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, and 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vehicles. The rear coil springs may prematurely fracture.
What should you do:
Volkswagen has notified owners, and dealers will replace the rear axle coil springs, free of charge. The recall began January 31, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 42J2/42J3.
For more information:
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.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V904000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6322
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Nov 26, 2018
If the driver is not notified by an audible noise that the key is left in the ignition, it can increase the risk of vehicle theft or crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Volkswagen Atlas and Tiguan and 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vehicles that do not have keyless entry. The instrument cluster may not provide an audible warning to let the driver know that the key is still in the ignition when the door is open. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection."
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the instrument cluster, free of charge. The recall began December 13, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 90L3 and 90L4.
For more information:
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.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V824000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 73549
AIR BAGS
Aug 20, 2018
The wet air bag control module may result in an unintentional deployment of the air bags, increasing the risk of injury or crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vehicles. During production, the air conditioning system drain tube may have been twisted, causing water to drain into the air bag control module.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the air conditioning drain tube, and if it is twisted, the drain tube and air bag control module will be replaced, free of charge. Some of the affected vehicles have had their drain tube previously replaced but did not receive a new air bag control module; the airbag control module will be replaced in these vehicles. The recall began September 14, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 87F9.
For more information:
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.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V537000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 9685
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Aug 15, 2018
The loose brake bracket bolts can allow the caliper to move, reducing braking ability or causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and 2017-2018 Volkswagen Passat vehicles. The brake caliper bracket mounting bolts on these vehicles may not have been tightened sufficiently.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake caliper bracket bolt tightness, replacing and re-torque the bolts as necessary, free of charge. Additionally brake caliper fasteners, bleeder valve, and brake hose bolts will be checked and torqued to the correct specification, if necessary, free of charge. For Passat vehicles, dealers will also inspect the parking brake cable for proper connection, free of charge. The recall began September 14, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 46H6.
For more information:
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.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V536000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8416
SEAT BELTS
Jun 07, 2018
A damaged seat belt buckle can release unexpectedly, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswaen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vehicles. The owner's manuals provided with the affected vehicles do not inform the customers about the child restraint size limitation/restrictions for the second row center seating position. As a result, the center and adjacent outboard seat belt buckles on the second row can become damaged it a child seat base is installed that is wider than 12.6 inches.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the center and left outboard seat belt buckles, and replace them if necessary, free of charge. Volkswagen will also provide an owner's manual supplement addressing child safety and child restraints. The recall began June 29, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69X1.
For more information:
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.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V380000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 54729
AIR BAGS
Jun 06, 2018
If the air bag were to tear or unfold incorrectly during deployment, it can increase the risk of injury.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and Tiguan vehicles. In the event of a crash, the passenger frontal air bag may tear or not properly unfold during deployment.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag, free of charge. The recall began July 19, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 69W8, and 69W9.
For more information:
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.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V375000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 821
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Jun 01, 2018
A reduction of braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Passat, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf SportWagen and GTI and Audi Q5 and SQ5 vehicles. The brake caliper pistons on these vehicles may have insufficient coating, potentially reducing the brake performance.
What should you do:
Volkswagen and Audi will notify their owners. Audi dealers will bleed the rear brakes. Volkswagen dealers will bleed the front and rear brake calipers. Note: Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until the brake system has been checked. The recall began June 29, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298 and Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 47N8, 47N9, and 47N6.
For more information:
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.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V369000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10225
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
May 02, 2018
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain Volkswagen Atlas vehicles. The fuel tank on these vehicles may leak fuel due to a manufacturing error. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 301, "Fuel System Integrity."
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank, free of charge. The recall began June 22, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 20AW. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 17V-766.
For more information:
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.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V284000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 278
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Nov 29, 2017
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Atlas vehicles. The fuel tank may have been manufactured with insufficient wall thickness, potentially resulting in the tank leaking fuel. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 301, "Fuel System Integrity."
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank, free of charge. The recall began December 10, 2017. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 20AQ.
For more information:
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.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V766000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 58
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