Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Volkswagen Jetta brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 182008

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles


Brake light switch failed causing brakes lights to stay illuminated even when the car is turned off and the key removed.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 072006

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 130,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 60 mph, the brake lights were non responsive. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who determined the brake switch failed. There was a NHTSA recall #04V096000 regarding the exterior lighting:brake lights:switch. The vehicle was exhibiting the same characteristics as indicated in the recall however, it was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Meriden, CT, USA

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