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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,024 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta steering problems

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 082016


  • 75,000 miles


My vehicle will cut off at random times while driving and steering locks up, also my alarm will make the sound to disarm the vehicle when driving I have to pull over shut down car and disarm it and start again. While at a stop light the vehicles RPM will raise and go down raise and go down until car just shuts off. I was pulling into my parking stall and car shut off and locked up I had to hit the brake and re start the car to pull in safely or it would have ran into the carport. On this date the car shut itself off in motion 2 times and it cut off with brake on at a light 3 times

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 192016


  • 62,000 miles
Rear left tie rod fractured resulting in loss of steering control at 45 mph on a wv hwy 152.

- Huntington, WV, USA

problem #5

Mar 122014


  • 12,000 miles
I purchased the Jetta used from carmax in nashville, tn in 2014. It began having safety issues on March 2014. Randomly, my car will just stop while driving down the road, or after accelerating from a stopped position when moving on from a stop sign or stop light. I can be driving anywhere from 15 mph to 50 mph, and all systems shut down. The battery light goes on, the steering locks, and the brakes lock. I always panic, put the car in neutral and have luckily managed to veer off to the side of a road and stop, shut the car off, and turn it back on again. Eurofix tried to manage the problem by replacing the crank sensor and cam shaft. But he problem came back, much worse. The second problem is now I cannot unlock my drivers side door with my magnetic key or by sticking the actual key in the lock. I see that another recall has been announced for the 2011 Jetta that is not pulling up via my VIN number, but I believe it might be my car's issue: Online, ate that in March 29, 2011 (published by NHTSA) in which an issue with "an electrical wiring and fuse layout where the converter box is protected by the same fuse used by the signal horn and the anti-they alarm system. Should that fuse be blown, , the converter will be disconnected from the power supply which in turn will shut off applications such as the engine management system, lighting system, and wipers"......"should this happen while the vehicle is being driven, the engine could stall or the headlights or wipers could turn off unexpectedly, potentially leading to a crash without warning." Please help me!!!!!!! what do I do. What will remedy this situation so I don't get killed or kill others. I't gonna happen....then my family will file a lawsuit. I need guidance and for this car to be fixed/traded out.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #4

Apr 222013

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 25,869 miles


Was driving and heard a clicking sound, shortly after my steering and brakes locked up, and then the entire car stalled. I was unable to restart the engine. Had car towed into the VW dealership where they told me my fuel (diesel for Jetta tdi) was contaminated causing the fuel pump to burst which lead to metal shards destroying the entire fuel system. However, I am 100% positive, and have receipts for proof, that the car had been filled up with diesel gas about 1 week prior to the incident and was running completely smoothly up until the sudden break down.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 292012

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 18,200 miles
Traveling in the left lane on 95 N outside baltimore md at 65 mph my vehicle's gas pedal stopped responding and the car began to lose power and lurch forward and eventually die as the yellow diesel engine indicator along with the yellow engine indicator began blinking. I was able to avoid two lanes of traffic and coast over two lanes to an off ramp before the steering wheel locked. After contacting VW roadside assistance the vehicle was towed to heritage VW located at 9215 harford road #2 parkville, md 21234 (877) 398-1963. It was after 9:00 P.M so the vehicle was left in the lot and all the paperwork was dropped in the box. The service department cited a fuel pump malfunction along with a faulty fuel gauge as the issue. This is the second time we have had to submit a report to your Agency for the exact same issues (please see reference number 10417213), the agents information is listed below. [xxx] [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Brooklyn , NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 052011


  • 21,000 miles
Steering pulled sharply to the right, could not get the car straight and went into the curb. All of the lights on the dashboard lit up during the incident.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 262011

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 10,100 miles
I know this sounds ridiculous but I've driven on many road trips and this has never happened until this vehicle, and it's painful. But here it is: Leather-wrapped steering wheel causes calluses at a highly unusual rate on longer drives. (I have been able to drive for 12 hours on multiple occasions without issue. After driving only three and a half hours steadily, my hands hurt all over.) it's important to note that the leather isn't causing this - the stitching on the inside is far too raised up on the inside part around the entire 'wheel' of the steering wheel. It is also right behind the left and right 'handles' where you can hold the wheel, so anywhere you hold it, you basically are adversely affected. I believe this is a safety issue because if it's not comfortable at all to hold the steering wheel, drivers may be inclined to hold the wheel more loosely or hold the wheel even less/let go when they believe it is "safe"... which may lead to crashes, injury, or death, due to developing pain in the hands/fingers because of the way this steering wheel has been designed.

- Irving, TX, USA

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