2018 Volkswagen Atlas Reliability Ratings

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas Recalls

There have been 8 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT PANEL Recall Date: 11/25/2018
  • Summary: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Volkswagen Atlas and Tiguan and 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vehicles that do not have keyless entry. The instrument cluster may not provide an audible warning to let the driver know that the key is still in the ignition when the door is open. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 73545
  • Consequence: If the driver is not notified by an audible noise that the key is left in the ignition, it can increase the risk of vehicle theft or crash.
  • Remedy: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the instrument cluster, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 18, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 90L3 and 90L4.
  • Dates of Manufacture: DEC 21, 2016 to NOV 09, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 90L3 / 90L4
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V824000
AIR BAGS: AIR BAG CONTROL MODULE Recall Date: 08/19/2018
  • Summary: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vehicles. During production, the air conditioning system drain tube may have been twisted, causing water to drain into the air bag control module.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 9685
  • Consequence: The wet air bag control module may result in an unintentional deployment of the air bags, increasing the risk of injury or crash.
  • Remedy: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the air conditioning drain tube, and if it is twisted, the drain tube and air bag control module will be replaced, free of charge. Some of the affected vehicles have had their drain tube previously replaced but did not receive a new air bag control module; the airbag control module will be replaced in these vehicles. The recall began September 14, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 87F9.
  • Dates of Manufacture: NOV 16, 2016 to AUG 17, 2017
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 87F9
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V537000
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:CALIPER Recall Date: 08/14/2018
  • Summary: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and 2017-2018 Volkswagen Passat vehicles. The brake caliper bracket mounting bolts on these vehicles may not have been tightened sufficiently.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 8416
  • Consequence: The loose brake bracket bolts can allow the caliper to move, reducing braking ability or causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake caliper bracket bolt tightness, replacing and re-torque the bolts as necessary, free of charge. Additionally brake caliper fasteners, bleeder valve, and brake hose bolts will be checked and torqued to the correct specification, if necessary, free of charge. For Passat vehicles, dealers will also inspect the parking brake cable for proper connection, free of charge. The recall began September 14, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 46H6.
  • Dates of Manufacture: MAR 14, 2017 to JUN 11, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 46H6
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V536000
SEAT BELTS: REAR:BUCKLE ASSEMBLY Recall Date: 06/06/2018
  • Summary: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswaen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vehicles. The owner's manuals provided with the affected vehicles do not inform the customers about the child restraint size limitation/restrictions for the second row center seating position. As a result, the center and adjacent outboard seat belt buckles on the second row can become damaged it a child seat base is installed that is wider than 12.6 inches.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 54729
  • Consequence: A damaged seat belt buckle can release unexpectedly, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.
  • Remedy: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the center and left outboard seat belt buckles, and replace them if necessary, free of charge. Volkswagen will also provide an owner's manual supplement addressing child safety and child restraints. The recall began June 29, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69X1.
  • Dates of Manufacture: NOV 16, 2016 to JUN 13, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 69X1
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V380000
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL Recall Date: 06/05/2018
  • Summary: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and Tiguan vehicles. In the event of a crash, the passenger frontal air bag may tear or not properly unfold during deployment.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 821
  • Consequence: If the air bag were to tear or unfold incorrectly during deployment, it can increase the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag, free of charge. The recall began July 19, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 69W8, and 69W9.
  • Dates of Manufacture: APR 17, 2018 to MAY 02, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 69W8 69W9
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V375000
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:CALIPER Recall Date: 05/31/2018
  • Summary: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Passat, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf SportWagen and GTI and Audi Q5 and SQ5 vehicles. The brake caliper pistons on these vehicles may have insufficient coating, potentially reducing the brake performance.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 10225
  • Consequence: A reduction of braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Volkswagen and Audi will notify their owners. Audi dealers will bleed the rear brakes. Volkswagen dealers will bleed the front and rear brake calipers. Note: Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until the brake system has been checked. The recall began June 29, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298 and Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 47N8, 47N9, and 47N6.
  • Dates of Manufacture: APR 08, 2018 to JUN 03, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 47N8, 47N9, 47N6
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V369000
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY Recall Date: 05/01/2018
  • Summary: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain Volkswagen Atlas vehicles. The fuel tank on these vehicles may leak fuel due to a manufacturing error. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 301, "Fuel System Integrity."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 278
  • Consequence: A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
  • Remedy: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank, free of charge. The recall began June 22, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 20AW. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 17V-766.
  • Dates of Manufacture: APR 26, 2017 to JUN 19, 2017
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 20AW
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V284000
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE Recall Date: 11/28/2017
  • Summary: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Atlas vehicles. The fuel tank may have been manufactured with insufficient wall thickness, potentially resulting in the tank leaking fuel. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 301, "Fuel System Integrity."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 58
  • Consequence: A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
  • Remedy: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank, free of charge. The recall began December 10, 2017. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 20AQ.
  • Dates of Manufacture: MAY 15, 2017 to JUN 09, 2017
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 20AQ
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 17V766000

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Warranty

Volkswagen covers the 2018 Atlas with a six-year/72,000-mile limited warranty.

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