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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,918 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.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta brakes problems

brakes problem

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2015 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 102016


  • 14,907 miles


The contact owns a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta. While at a red light, the engine suddenly revved and the brakes failed to stop the vehicle from moving, the vehicle accelerated and crashed into the preceding vehicle, which then crashed into a third vehicle. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The air bags did not deploy. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 14,907. The VIN was not provided.

- Rogers, AZ, USA

problem #6

Jul 252016


  • 8,500 miles
My vehicle had a safety recall (23R1/camshaft) which only had the software updated to correct the problem of the camshaft failing and loosing power brakes. We had this done in March of 2016. I was driving home at about 30 mph and touched the brakes to turn and they were hard. Fortunately I wasn't going too fast and because I was getting ready to turn and was able to coast to stop in front of my home. We had the car towed to the dealership and they diagnosed a camshaft failure. We have been informed the vehicle is fixed with the same part. Obviously a software update is not going to fix the problem if Volkswagen in using the same camshaft to repair. Volkswagen is putting many lives at risk without a fix to this problem. I do not feel safe driving this vehicle and do not want to put my family in a vehicle that we feel is a ticking time bomb. We could be killed or injured not to mention other people if we are involved in an accident. I have contacted Volkswagen and they have no fix for this problem. This a serious safety issue and I have reported this to Volkswagen and told them I want them to buyback the vehicle, no one would feel safe driving this vehicle especially on the highway at 70 mph.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 172016


  • miles
The camshaft lobe has the potential to unexpectedly shear off from the chamshaft. VW's remedy is a software update. It seems the camshaft should be redesigned instead. How will a software update fix this issue?

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #4

Feb 232016


  • 8,000 miles


The contact owns a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving 60 mph, the electronic power control warning light illuminated. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V705000 (engine and engine cooling, service brakes, hydraulic); however, the part for the recall repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the vehicle repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 8,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 092015


  • 35,500 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta. When depressing the brake pedal, the stopping distance was extended and the pedal extended to the floorboard. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact was informed that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V70000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The contact indicated that the vehicle experienced the same failure listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 35,500.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #2

Nov 102015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V705000 (engine and engine cooling, service brakes, hydraulic) and the dealer was unable to provide the part for the recall repair in a reasonable amount of time frame. The contact called the dealer for months and was unable to determine when the vehicle would be serviced under the recall. The manufacturer was contacted and was unable to determine when the part would be supplied to the dealer for the recall repair. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Mahwah, NJ, USA

problem #1

Nov 072015


  • 9,517 miles
I bought a brand new 2015 VW Jetta in June 2015 in san jose, ca. On 7th Nov 2015 I was in this Jetta with my family, driving at 70 mph. Traffic started slowing down and I tried braking but I had almost no brakes. There were no warnings in the vehicle to let me know there was a failure. Fortunately I was in the extreme right lane and swerved to get on to the shoulder of the road to avoid hitting other cars. My family and I and others may have been killed or injured. Volkswagen says they will look into it and are will decide if this is covered under warranty. Meanwhile I am without a car and they do not know when they will get it fixed.

- Cupertino, CA, USA

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