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.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Digging through the long list of NHTSA complaints about a sudden loss of engine power and the high pressure fuel pump failing, it's never good to come across the "my car (with a cold engine) set itself on fire in the middle of the night" complaint.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,194 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.

2011 Volkswagen Jetta accessories - interior problems

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 072014


  • 52,000 miles


2011 Jetta sportwagen tdi: Stock entertainment system (rcd 510) went dead. Heard a loud pop, touch screen went black, and all functionality was lot. I consider this a major safety issue in that the entertainment system also includes the hands free phone integration. This is a well known issue in the sportwagen community (see the following thread yet Volkswagen refuses to stand by their product and acknowledge a faulty part. In essence, Volkswagen is knowingly putting their customers at risk by selling cars with a faulty entertainment system which includes the hands free phone integration.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 162011


  • 1,704 miles
I purchased a 2011 VW Jetta S sedan on 1/24/2011. At approximately 1000 miles, the car began making a whistling noise from under the dash nearly all the time. I brought the car in for service on 2/16/11 and after a few days, I was told the problem was isolated to the thermal expansion valve in the ac system. This was replaced and the problem was fixed. About 2 weeks later, the sound returned. I brought the car in again on 3/29/11 and again was contacted a couple of days later. The dealer service rep told me that the VW factory tech rep looked at the car and there is nothing wrong with it. His determination is that it is operating according to specification. I contacted VW of America and they confirmed this as the outcome and that if I remain unsatisfied I could call the better business bureau auto line for resolution, which I have also done. This isn't a safety issue, but certainly represents a design flaw that VW is not willing to rectify. The car whistles nearly constantly when the ac system is at operating pressure and temperature. Additionally, the clearcoat sustained damage after less than 48 hours of exposure to bird droppings. The dealership stated there is nothing they can do and the warranty specifically excludes that damage from coverage.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 142011


  • 878 miles
While driving the windshield wipers would randomly creep up the windshield and when the wipers got all the way to service mode, all the doors would unlock. The radio would fade in and out and the when adjusting the sound on the radio loud cracking, popping and static should would come from the radio speakers.

- Swansea, MA, USA

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