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25 VW recalls in 2018 – VIN lookup

In 2018, Volkswagen announced 25 recalls that affected 18 of its models, according to the Rapex notifications. How to check your VIN for free to see if any of them is also relevant to your car?

Volkswagen started 2018 with a recall for VW Amarok with a production date of 12/2015 – 11/2017, in which the servo return pipe to the steering box could be damaged by a hose clamp. A damaged pipe could leak hydraulic oil on to hot components or the brake disk, leading to the risk of a fire. Also in January VW has issued a recall of the T6 from November 2016 to January 2017 due to leaking fuel hoses.



The March recall due to the incorrectly installed spring in the starter motor’s magnetic switch was very extensive. The starter motor may overheat, which could lead to a fire with a number of models produced between the March and July 2011 – specifically Golf, Golf Convertible, Passat, Polo, Sharan, Golf Plus, Scirocco, Passat CC, Eos, Touran, Golf Variant, Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Cabrio and Tiguan.

In March, VW also announced a recall due to the brake discs problems with the Tiguan, Golf, Passat and Arteon models made at the turn of the first and second months of 2018.

At the end of the year, VW solved the problem of poorly welded fitting for the headrest with cars manufactured from May to August 2018. The recall was announced for Arteon, Passat, Golf and T-Roc. T-Roc had one more recall before, due to the possible upper part of the rear spoiler detaching from cars with a date of production 29 January 2018 – June 12, 2018.

Volkswagen’s most recalled model was Tiguan (7), followed by Passat (6), Golf (4) and Polo (4). VW Transporter/Multivan also had four recalls.

In the Rapex list, at the end of the year, also appeared two issues that we wrote about in advance:


* We’ve divided all the recalls according to the models into the table at the end of the article. 



How can you check the recalls by VIN?

Even if you do not find your car in the table below, it does not mean it was not the subject of a recall sometime in the past. The best way to verify whether a particular car is affected with some recall is to contact a Volkswagen Authorized Service and ask for the VIN to be checked not only for recalls but also for various service bulletins.

It will only cost you time because such information is provided for free. Free of charge are also all the repairs that are related to the recall. It does not matter whether you are the first, second or even third owner. It does not even matter whether you have been to Volkswagen authorized service regularly, occasionally or never before.

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If you wish to get fully comprehensive VIN lookup, with more than 80 data points about the history of the car, then we suggest going to blankHPI-Check, which provides information on a specific vehicle using also the vehicle registration number.


What is a VIN code?

The VIN code is a unique identification number that is embossed on the body of the car and shown on the ID card. In some cars, it can also be found in the frame under the windscreen. It is made up of a unique combination of 17 letters and numbers.


Volkswagen 2018 recalls by model

Volkswagen Amarok

MonthIssueProductionSource
I.The servo return pipe to the steering box could be damaged by a hose clamp.12/2015 – 11/2017link
All Amarok´s Recalls

Volkswagen Arteon

MonthIssueProductionSource
III.The brake discs on the front axle are too weak.1/2018 – 2/2018link
XII.The fitting for the headrest may have been incorrectly welded to the backrest.5/2018 – 8/2018link
All Arteon´s Recalls

Volkswagen Beetle

MonthIssueProductionSource
III.A spring in the starter motor’s magnetic switch was incorrectly installed.3/2011 – 7/2011link
All Beetle´s Recalls

Volkswagen CC

MonthIssueProductionSource
II.A welded joint in the gas generator of the front passenger airbag may be faulty.9/2016 – 11/2016link
III.A spring in the starter motor’s magnetic switch was incorrectly installed.3/2011 – 7/2011link
All CC´s Recalls

Volkswagen Caddy

MonthIssueProductionSource
VI.The fastening of the active headrest may be defective.2/2018 – 3/2018link
All Caddy´s Recalls

Volkswagen Crafter

MonthIssueProductionSource
III.The screws attaching the trailer coupling device may become loose.12/2016 – 9/2017link
IX.Resonance vibrations at particular (high) speed can cause damage to the cardan shaft.12/2016 – 7/2018link
All Crafter´s Recalls

Volkswagen Eos

MonthIssueProductionSource
III.A spring in the starter motor’s magnetic switch was incorrectly installed.3/2011 – 7/2011link
All Eos´s Recalls

Volkswagen Golf

MonthIssueProductionSource
III.A spring in the starter motor’s magnetic switch was incorrectly installed.3/2011 – 7/2011link
III.The brake discs on the front axle are too weak.1/2018 – 2/2018link
VI.The fastening of the active headrest may be defective.2/2018 – 3/2018link
XII.The fitting for the headrest may have been incorrectly welded to the backrest.5/2018 – 8/2018link
All Golf´s Recalls

Volkswagen Jetta

MonthIssueProductionSource
III.A spring in the starter motor’s magnetic switch was incorrectly installed.3/2011 – 7/2011link
All Jetta´s Recalls

Volkswagen Passat

MonthIssueProductionSource
III.A spring in the starter motor’s magnetic switch was incorrectly installed.3/2011 – 7/2011link
III.The brake discs on the front axle are too weak.1/2018 – 2/2018link
VI.The fastening of the active headrest may be defective.2/2018 – 3/2018link
IX.The vehicles may have been fitted with an incorrect driver airbag during a components replacement.12/2006 – 5/2008link
IX.The head restraint guide retaining spring is defective.5/2018 – 6/2018link
XII.The fitting for the headrest may have been incorrectly welded to the backrest.5/2018 – 8/2018link
All Passat´s Recalls

Volkswagen Polo

MonthIssueProductionSource
III.A spring in the starter motor’s magnetic switch was incorrectly installed.3/2011 – 7/2011link
VI.The buckle for the seat belt for the rear left seat could open unintentionally.10/2016 – 5/2017link
IX.The buckle for the seat belt for the rear left seat could open unintentionally.10/2016 – 41/2018link
IX.A poorly welded towing eye may have been included in the vehicle’s toolkit.10/2015 – 10/2017link
All Polo´s Recalls

Volkswagen Scirocco

MonthIssueProductionSource
III.A spring in the starter motor’s magnetic switch was incorrectly installed.3/2011 – 7/2011link
All Scirocco´s Recalls

Volkswagen Sharan

MonthIssueProductionSource
II.A welded joint in the gas generator of the front passenger airbag may be faulty.9/2016 – 11/2016link
III.A spring in the starter motor’s magnetic switch was incorrectly installed.3/2011 – 7/2011link
All Sharan´s Recalls

Volkswagen T-Roc

MonthIssueProductionSource
XII.The upper part of the rear spoiler may become detached and drop onto the road.1/2018 – 6/2018link
XII.The fitting for the headrest may have been incorrectly welded to the backrest.5/2018 – 8/2018link
All T-Roc´s Recalls

Volkswagen Tiguan

MonthIssueProductionSource
III.A spring in the starter motor’s magnetic switch was incorrectly installed.3/2011 – 7/2011link
III.The brake discs on the front axle are too weak.1/2018 – 2/2018link
VII.Allspace – The fixing nut on the front axle ball joint may not have been tightened with the correct torque.8/2017 – 1/2018link
IX.Allspace – The fixing nut on the front axle ball joint may not have been tightened with the correct torque.7/2017 – 4/2018link
IX.Allspace – The passenger airbag modules may have been fitted with incorrectly packed airbags.3/2018 – 5/2018link
X.Allspace – The lower securing eye of the rear gas-filled shock absorbers may be incorrectly welded.1/2018 – 3/2018link
X.Moisture can reach the LED module of the sunroof’s ambient lighting.4/2015 – 7/2018link
All Tiguan´s Recalls

Volkswagen Touran

MonthIssueProductionSource
III.A spring in the starter motor’s magnetic switch was incorrectly installed.3/2011 – 7/2011link
VI.The fastening of the active headrest may be defective.2/2018 – 3/2018link
X.Moisture can reach the LED module of the sunroof’s ambient lighting.4/2015 – 7/2018link
All Touran´s Recalls

Volkswagen Transporter/Multivan

MonthIssueProductionSource
I.Due to a manufacturing fault, the fuel hoses may begin to leak.11/2016 – 1/2017link
III.The front passenger airbag may have been folded incorrectly when it was manufactured.11/2017 – 12/2017link
VI.T5 CNG – Corrosion of the gas tank may occur.8/2005 – 6/2015link
VIII.California – The screw connections in the gas installation of the built-in kitchen may be inadequate.1/2015 – 5/2018link
All Transporter´s Recalls

Volkswagen Up!

MonthIssueProductionSource
IX.A poorly welded towing eye may have been included in the vehicle’s toolkit.10/2015 – 10/2017link
All Up!´s Recalls

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