If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) believes there is a safety-related defect in a group of cars, it reserves the right to open an investigation. These investigations are often sparked by warranty claims and consumer complaints online.
The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is the office within NHTSA that investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations, both ongoing and closed, are listed below.
Most Investigated Volkswagen Vehicles
Every investigations can involve multiple model years, so we've taken each model and ranked them by how many times they've been involved in a specific campaign.
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There's also the Touareg (3), Vanagon (3), Jetta SportWagen (2), Cabrio (1), Fox (1), Jetta Hybrid (1), Amarok (0), Atlas (0), Caddy (0), Caravelle (0), Citi Golf (0), Crossfox (0), e-Golf (0), GLI (0), Golf GTI (0), Golf R (0), Golf SportWagen (0), Microbus (0), Polo (0), Polo GTI (0), Rabbit (0), Routan (0), Scirocco (0), Sharan (0), Touareg Hybrid (0), Touran (0), Transporter (0), and Vento (0).
Answers to the most frequently asked questions
- What is a Investigation?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will sometimes pass a request to the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) if it believes there is a possible safety-related defect in a group of vehicles. These investigations are often sparked by consumer complaints online, warranty claim data, or petitions from consumer safety agencies.
- Will NHTSA Ever Investigate My Paint Peeling? My Radio Failing?
NHTSA and ODI will only look into safety-related defects – busted axles, engine fires, tires popping off, etc. That means that complaints regarding peeling paint, radio gremlins, or poor infotainment – no matter how widespread – won’t be investigated.
- What Should I Do When My Car is Being Investigated?
Wait. And because this is the government we’re talking about and a problem potentially resulting in millions of dollars in recall costs, you can bet you’ll be waiting a while. The ODI splits its investigations into multiple stages. 1. The screening where they review the complaints which sparked the investigation. 2. Petition analysis where petitions for defect investigations or reviews of recalls are performed. 3. The actual investigation which is split into a preliminary evaluation and an engineering analysis. 4. Judgement day where a determination will be made on if a recall is needed.