A recall is a free repair for a widespread safety defect or issue that doesn’t meet federal safety standards. They are usually limited to a specific set of vehicles based on things like model year, manufacture date, and VIN range.
A recall can be initiated by the manufacturer directly, or in some cases – depending on the outcome of investigations – by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Most Recalled Volkswagen Vehicles
Every recall 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.
But wait, there's more ...
There's also the Atlas (5), Cabriolet (5), e-Golf (5), Rabbit (5), Fox (4), Vanagon (4), Touareg Hybrid (3), Cabrio (2), Eurovan (2), Golf R (2), Jetta SportWagen (2), Golf SportWagen (1), Jetta Hybrid (1), Amarok (0), Caddy (0), Caravelle (0), Citi Golf (0), Crossfox (0), GLI (0), Golf GTI (0), Microbus (0), Polo (0), Polo GTI (0), Scirocco (0), Sharan (0), Touran (0), Transporter (0), and Vento (0).
Answers to the most frequently asked questions
- How Do I Find Out If My Car Has Been Recalled?
With more recalls than ever before, it’s hard to keep up with it all. After announcing up to 30% of people ignore safety recalls, NHTSA created an easy, online VIN lookup tool to quickly check your car’s recall status.
- My Car Has Been Recalled, Now What?
Watch for recall notices in the mail and always make sure the manufacturer has your up-to-date mailing address. Once you receive word of a recall, don’t ignore it. Don’t expect an immediate appointment for a repair. And don’t give up. A 2016 study determined that 45 million cars recalled between 2013 and 2015 hadn’t received their repairs. While recalls don’t expire, they do have a limited shelf-life if you want a guaranteed no-cost fix.
- I've Already Paid for Repairs, Can I Get Reimbursed?
The answer, like many things in life – it depends. The process isn’t always simple and often requires a good paper trail on your end. That’s why it’s important to save or scan all documents related to car repairs.