Volkswagen Problems, Complaints, & Recalls

The early 1930s saw a surge in “people’s car” projects, with several German manufacturers working on affordable vehicles. Ferdinand Porsche, a notable designer of high-end vehicles and race cars, was instrumental in developing Volkswagen’s distinctive design. His design included an air-cooled rear engine, torsion bar suspension, and the now-iconic “beetle” shape. Adolf Hitler became involved in 1934, ordering the production of an affordable vehicle for German families, leading to the design of the famous Volkswagen Beetle.

However, the outbreak of World War II shifted the company’s focus to military equipment production, using forced labor. It wasn’t until after the war that Volkswagen began to produce cars for the public. Under British supervision, the Volkswagen factory in ruins was rebuilt, and mass production of the Volkswagen began in 1946. By 1949, control of the company was transferred to the West German government and the state of Lower Saxony.

Today, Volkswagen serves as the flagship brand of the Volkswagen Group, one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world, known for its diverse range of vehicles and technological innovations

Volkswagen Recalls

Over the past 10 years, Volkswagen has issued several recalls for various models due to different issues. Some of the more recent recalls include:

2023-2024 ID.4 Vehicles: Recalled due to the interior sunshade for the panoramic glass roof being insufficiently fire retardant, posing a fire risk.

2019 Atlas Vehicles: Recalled because the driver’s side impact airbag might have a missing weld at the side airbag housing, potentially leading to improper deployment or detachment in a crash.

2022 Volkswagen Models (Golf R, ID.4, Jetta, Taos, Tiguan): These models were recalled for various reasons, including issues related to back over prevention, engine cooling, fuel systems, suspension, and equipment.

2021 Volkswagen Models (Arteon, Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Golf, ID.4, Jetta, Passat): Recalled for multiple issues ranging from airbags, tires, equipment, fuel systems, visibility, suspension, wheels, electrical system, to steering problems.

2020-2021 Models: Recalls included issues related to airbag sensors, potential engine failures, software-related stalling, and battery issues that could cause shorts or fires.

2015-2017 Jettas: These were recalled to fix fuel leaks that could cause fires.

Various Models for Takata Airbag Recall: This was part of a larger, industry-wide recall related to defective Takata airbags.

These recalls cover a range of components and issues, from minor equipment problems to more serious safety risks. It’s important for Volkswagen owners to stay informed about these recalls and take appropriate action when notified. For the most accurate and detailed information, including specific recall numbers and actions to be taken, owners should check their vehicle identification number (VIN) against recall databases or contact Volkswagen directly.

The information provided here is a summary from and Autoblog. For a comprehensive list and more details about each recall, it’s recommended to visit these websites or the official Volkswagen recall page.


Seek Legal Assistance for Your Volkswagen

If you’ve experienced one of the problems above, or something similar, you can report it directly to the NHTSA so they can compile your complaint in their database. If they receive enough complaints on the same topic, they may launch an investigation into the matter.

Report your problem with your Volkswagen within the original warranty period and you will have the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act working in your favor. This federal law was designed to protect consumers from unethical warranty practices. If a dealership failed to fix a warrantable defect in your Volkswagen within three or more attempts and/or your vehicle has been twenty or more cumulative days out of service, you may have a viable suit against the manufacturer for breach of warranty.

You may also have state lemon laws on your side. Like the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, these laws exist to extend extra protection to you, the consumer.

Don’t keep driving your Volkswagen back to the dealership for repairs. Robison Lemon Law Group LLC can help you navigate both the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and lemon laws to ensure you receive the justice you deserve.

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