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Volkswagen Golf

Right from the first door thunk, the Volkswagen Golf exudes a quality feel not found in your average econobox. The Golf has long been a cut above other small cars, being more fun to drive and finished like a more expensive German sedan. Redesigned for 2015, the latest example continues those virtues and then some, making it the best Golf yet.
Alerts
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Golf to be less reliable than other new cars. This prediction is based on Volkswagen's brand history and the redesign has a more powerful engine and standard all-wheel drive.

Overall Reliability
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The 2016 Volkswagen Golf has been recalled 9 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Volkswagen Golf owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Apple CarPlay

"Ity has a great deal of trouble pairing with Pandora on my iPhone. If listen to the radio for a while I cannot reconnect to Pandora with restarting both products and even then there are problems."

Robert A., AZ (2016 Volkswagen Golf)

"Cannot tell wether the problem is vw's apple's, pandora's amazon's or what. Altogether a terrible system that shouyld be rebulit from the bottom up."

Robert A., AZ (2016 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"When using one of the two keys I received for the car, it seemed the backup camera did not work while using it. However, the problem seems to have gone away."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf eGolf Electric)

"Occasionally the image becomes warped and unviewable. May also short out or turn black and white at random."

Anonymous, (2016 Volkswagen Golf 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Many times when backing up, the screen would indicate that the backup pilot was not available.The Assistant Service Manager said it was because of the wet weather. It has still happened even in dry weather"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf eGolf Electric)

"Backup camera would not display on the console screen"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf eGolf Electric)
Display screen freezes up

"Part and parcel of previous problem. Same issue."

Eugene E., CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf R)

"No sound from radio until I change the station"

Richard R., HI (2016 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"Back up camera either messages that it's not available intermittently or is completely black intermittently. Proof of this (screen photos) was provided to dealer who claims VW won't fix problem if dealer can't reproduce fault in their shop."

Eugene E., CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf R)

"Numerous and constant glitches in the digital display/entertainment system. The dealership has either updated software or reset something two or three times, but never with any explanation of the problem. I have eventually just grown tired of going back to the dealership and never having the issue truly resolved. This car has so much potential, but instead it's a glitchy mess. I'm done with Volkswagen after this"

Eric S., CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Music interface with smartphone is erratic and does not work well."

Anonymous, (2016 Volkswagen Golf eGolf Electric)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone pairing is erratic and does not work as well as our other car, a Tesla Model 3."

Anonymous, (2016 Volkswagen Golf eGolf Electric)
Radio

"Known issue. No sound until station changed."

Anonymous, HI (2016 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This is the same problem as the speakers. The sound went out, so I couldn't listen to the radio."

Anonymous, DC (2016 Volkswagen Golf Unsure Unsure)
Software update fixes

"The navigation system, the phone interface, and the Sirius radio failed. I was told that a new "chip" and software update were necessary to correct the problem. I have an extended warranty and paid only a modest fee."

Anonymous, (2016 Volkswagen Golf R)
Speakers

"About once a year the sound goes out. There's a screeching sound as if the car were being struck by lightening, and then the sound goes dead. If I stop the car, turn off the engine, and wait about a half hour, the sound returns. The VW dealer was unable to fix the problem because it couldn't be duplicated when I took it in."

Anonymous, DC (2016 Volkswagen Golf Unsure Unsure)

"Cracked door woofer"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"Clutch was completely replaced around 11,000 miles early in 2017. Replacement clutch began slipping after 3,000 miles (around 14,000 miles total) in mid-2017."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Gear selector or linkage

"Shift mechanism repaired under warranty'"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a recall on this issue, which occurred after I had the repair completed under warranty. I received an error code on the dash and VW replaced a part in the shifting mechanism. The car operated without issue throughout."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"cable to gear shift broke/unlinked and gear slipped into Reverse while driving. Able to get car into neutral and had it towed in to dealership."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rough shifting

"Poor shifting through the gears while in Drive."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Slipping transmission

"Caused by worn clutch. After clutch replacement, slipping stopped."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission computer

"poor gasoline milage due to incorrect automatic shifting points - remained in incorrect gear longer than specified."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Shortly after putting the car in drive or reverse from park, a warning apppeared in the display instructing me to put the car in park because of transmission error. It did not interfere with the operation of the vehicle. I took the car into VW and they replaced the shifter mechanism."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"factory recall and replacement of sensor/solenoid - incorrect shift points corrected"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a recall for a sensor that caused an erroneous warning message."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Intermittent transmission errors messages. There is a manufacturer's recall for this issue but I have not had the time to get the repair done."

Anonymous, ID (2016 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"Dealer repaired a leaky sunroof under warranty. There has apparently been a service bulletin about this issue."

Veronica M., VA (2016 Volkswagen Golf)

"A cracked sunroof frame caused extensive and repeated leaking of water into the car, staining seats and headliner. After repeated attempts to seal the cracks, VW Customer Care conceded that the frame would have to be replaced. VW handled the cost as a "Ëœcourtesy." The car was unavailable To us for 3 weeks during assessment and repair."

Anonymous, (2016 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A cracked sunroof rack caused consistent water leaks into the car, staining upholstery and damaging headliner. Though out of warranty, VW customer care covered the cost of replacing the rack and headliner but only after the dealer spent 3 weeks trying other, unsuccessful attempts to repair the existing rack."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Volkswagen Golf Unsure Unsure)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Sun roof sprung a terrible leak, but was under recall so all repairs were free and timely."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Volkswagen Golf)

"Water intrusion in the roof liner near the interior light control cluster mounted overhead by the windshield; ultimately traced to a seal for a sensor incorporated into the rear view mirror assembly; windshield replacement was also necessary"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf eGolf Electric)

"new car. windnoise at drivers window. was a compressed seal requiring the door to be totally opened up. covered under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Volkswagen Golf 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"squeaks/rattles were related to the defective suspension/struts which VW fixed free of charge"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car suspension squeeked from day one. Dealer did not do anything about the problem."

Edwin M., CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf eGolf Electric)

"I took the car 3 months ago to have them fix the annoying rattling noise by the driver side area. They claimed no such noise. The rattling continues. I finally made several recordings. I will be taking my GOLF R back to VW Service next week"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Doors or sliding doors

"driver door hinge loosened. dealer tightened and use locktite. hope it works"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Driver side door was misaligned. Panel gaps between the front fender and rear door was noticeable"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Locks and latches

"loose door hinge"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sunroof

"Crack occurred in glass area next to the sunroof."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had manufacturing leak in roof structure that required repair by body shop. Was covered by certified vehicle warranty."

Anonymous, KS (2016 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Small leak where at the front edge of the sunroof. The repair took over a week and was very expensive but was covered under the warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Glass roof has leaked since day one. Six major visits to the dealership, one resulting in an entire replacement of the glass roof. Still did not solve leaking issue. Dealer says the rubber plugs to prevent water from draining into the A-pillars did not have a part number. Car has currently been waiting at the dealer for 15 days. No ETA when correct parts will be available"

Anonymous, AB (2016 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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)

"Recall for all diesel cars"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Volkswagen Golf 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Fuel evaporation suction pump replaced under a factory recall"

Anonymous, UT (2016 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"Safety Recall 20Y6 - Suction Pump (NHTSA 16V647) Replace the suction pump in case it was damaged during assembly. This recall has not been performed on my vehicle yet, as I have not scheduled it. Car is running and operating normally at this time"

James M., CO (2016 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Warranty recall for faulty fuel pumps. Replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Transmission slipped under acceleration. Clutch, pressure plate and throw out bearing replaced at 55000 miles."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Didn't put the clues together early enough, but had false comfort... The clutch for this car is totally inadequate. I'm only a slightly spirited driver with a relatively easy commute. I should have recognized the smell of a hot clutch before the dealership declined warranty. Around 11 thousand miles. I've been driving manual transmission since 17 years old. Done with VW"

Jon K., FL (2016 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My Golf R had logged approximately 2000 miles when I got stuck at an intersection. The clutch was stuck. I was unable to shift gear. I finally called AAA to have it towed at the nearest VW Service. I was stuck without a car for 6 days because VW would not admit that the car had a defective clutch. Finally the VW inspector admitted that I didn¿t abuse the car and that indeed the car was fitted with a defective clutch. VW didn¿t reimburse me for my 5 nights accommodations in LA. I again too"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Left rear door lock doesn't work"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"In the last year both headlights have blown out at different times"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Volkswagen Golf Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"part for headlight washer fell off. Very expensive to fix"

Douglas S., ON (2016 Volkswagen Golf R 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

4WD/AWD components

"pump that controls the AWD system failed and needed to be replaced. It was covered under warranty, however cost would have been $1000-$1100"

Matthew V., CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"- electric plug in hatch lock failed preventing charging. - backup camera fails about once every 2 weeks - no image and error message."

Carl F., CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf eGolf Electric)

"I have experienced inexplicable electrical failures while driving. Car seems to temporarily shut down. I have taken it to the dealer, but they find nothing wrong despite telling me there are similar complaints by other customers"

Eric S., CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"The pedal sometimes goes soft and sinks when at a stop light. The car seems to stop OK"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Parking brake

"The parking brake handle is loose enough when disengaged that the warning light and chime trigger when you drive over bumps or rough road patches. The dealer fixed it briefly but the problem recurred soon thereafter. Otherwise the brake seems to operate normally. (We've tied some washers to the end of the handle to weight it down enough to prevent unwarranted alarms.)"

Anonymous, (2016 Volkswagen Golf SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"Steering column is difficult to turn and makes grinding sounds when turning. This only happens in hot weather and VW has been unable to identify the problem even though they have witnessed the issue."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf eGolf Electric)

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.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"I had a very annoying noise/rattling by driver side. I've taken the car a few times to VW Service. They finally able to determine that I had defective suspension in my driver side area. They replaced them no charge. Rattling/Noise is gone."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Fixed by VW under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Fuel leaks

"There has been a smell of gas when we first start the car. VW has not been able to find the problem after extensive troubleshooting"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Volkswagen Golf Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"Bad pressure valve that failed"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Started on the hiway with the low coolant warning light. Went to a gas station to check level. Was just under minimum level. Called dealer and confirmed that it could be driven there. They topped up coolant. Next service was within a few weeks. Dealer replaced thermostat under warranty."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"sometimes the blower has just stopped working took to dealer they say nothiing is wrong"

Anonymous, KY (2016 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

Exhaust

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

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

Paint/Trim

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, STEERING
Aug 22, 2019
Removing the key while the shift lever is in a position other than "Park" increases the risk of an unintended vehicle rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2015-2019 GTI, 2015-2016 and 2018-2019 Golf, 2012-2019 Beetle and Beetle Convertible, 2017-2019 Golf SportWagen and 2011-2018 Jetta vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, manual handbrake and keyless entry. A build-up of silicate on the shift lever micro switch contacts may enable the key to be removed from the ignition when the transmission shift lever is not in "Park."
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional switch and circuit board, free of charge. The recall began November 19, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 37M2.
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: 19V615000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 679027
SUSPENSION
Mar 06, 2019
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 2017-2019 Golf Sportwagen, 2019 Jetta, 2015-2019 Golf, and 2018-2019 Tiguan vehicles. The rear coil springs may prematurely fracture.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear axle coil springs, free of charge. The recall began April 12, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 42J5.
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: 19V188000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 56173
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, STEERING
Jul 11, 2018
Removing the key while the shift lever is in a position other than "Park" increases the risk of an unintended vehicle rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf and Golf Sportwagen vehicles. The build of silicate on the shift lever micro switch contacts may enable the key to be removed from the ignition while the vehicle shift lever is not in "Park." As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional switch and circuit board, free of charge. The recall began March 19, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 37L5.
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: 18V464000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 33168
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
May 16, 2018
If the vehicles do not meet all regulatory requirements, there could be an increased risk of a crash, fire, or injury.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2012-2016 Eos, 2012 Passat, 2012-2016 CC, 2015-2016 e-Golf, 2011-2015 Touareg, 2012-2015 and 2017 Tiguan, and 2011-2016 Golf and 2011-2013 GTI vehicles. Modifications made while the vehicles were in an internal evaluation period may cause the affected vehicles to not comply with all of the applicable regulatory requirements.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles to make them fully compliant or Volkswagen will repurchase them if necessary, free of charge. The recall began November 29, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.
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: 18V329000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 252
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING, FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Sep 07, 2016
As fuel accumulates in the EVAP system, it may leak out through the charcoal canister filter element. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Volkswagen Golf, Golf SportWagen, GTI, Audi A3 sedan and A3 Cabriolet vehicles. Due to a problem with the suction pump inside the fuel tank, fuel may flow into the evaporative emissions (EVAP) system.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the suction pump, free of charge. The recall began November 2016. Volkswagen owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298, Audi owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 20Y6 and 20Y5.
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: 16V647000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 110042
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
Jun 24, 2016
If an unrestrained child unexpectedly opens a door, they may fall from the vehicle increasing their risk of injury.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2016 CC vehicles manufactured January 12, 2016, to February 3, 2016, Golf R and Tiguan vehicles manufactured November 25, 2015, to January 28, 2016, and e-Golf vehicles manufactured November 25, 2015, to January 11, 2016. Vibrations, such as those created by opening and closing a vehicle door, may cause the rear child door locks to disengage, allowing a child to open a rear door while inside the vehicle.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect, and if necessary, replace the child lock(s), free of charge. The recall began on August 22, 2016. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 58C9.
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: 16V464000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5658
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Jun 06, 2016
A fuel leak, in the presence of an ignition source, can result in a vehicle fire.
Summary:
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.
What should you do:
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.
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: 16V403000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 55
EQUIPMENT
May 23, 2016
The listed weight limit is low enough that the vehicle owner may ignore the weight limits and overload the vehicle and exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), thereby increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2016 Golf R vehicles manufactured March 17, 2016 to March 23, 2016. The affected vehicles may be equipped with a Federal Certification Label that lists an incorrect rear axle weight limit. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, "Certification."
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected certification label, free of charge. The recall began July 2016. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 01B5.
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: 16V337000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 11
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING, SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Oct 26, 2015
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.
Summary:
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.
What should you do:
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.
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: 15V705000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 91867
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