really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,717 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2014 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 222016


  • 24,000 miles


Twice, on May 12 and on October 22, while in a parking lot and pulling into a vertical parking spot at very low speed, I tapped the accelerator, and suddenly the car rapidly sped up. I was unable to stop it with the brake pedal, and I hit a brick planter the first time it happened, and I hit the post holding up the front of a building the second time. The brake pedal on the Passat is approximately 3" wide and located only an inch or so from the accelerator. It is possible that I hit both pedals while trying to stop the vehicle, but that does not explain the sudden acceleration that caused the car to jump the curb and hit the planter and the building. Frightening situation. I wasn't injured the first time but was fairly well shaken up the second. The body shop said the damage to the vehicle was almost exactly the same each time. I took the car to T he VW dealer after the first accident, but they said there was nothing wrong.

- Chico, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 152014


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 2 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The accelerator pedal was depressed excessively in order for it to respond. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 1,000.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #4

Apr 292015


  • miles
2014 Volkswagen Passat. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle unintended acceleration. The consumer stated he and his wife experienced the failure on three separate occasions, when preparing to park. The first two incidents occurred while pulling into his driveway. In each of the first two incidents the vehicle suddenly surged without application to the accelerator pedal. The third incident, resulted in damage to the vehicle, when his wife pulled into a parking spot. When she took her foot off the accelerator to brake and park the vehicle, the vehicle accelerated over a curb and hit the wall of a building. The impact caused the air bag to deploy and caused over $5,000 in damage.

- Seminole, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 142014


  • 3,000 miles


As I tried to position myself to enter a parking lot. I changed gear to reverse, to back up. I switched gear again to drive. I proceed to the lot and that's when the car moved at a very high speed. I hit the brake, but had break failure. I could not stop the car, in the process (7) other cars were hit... until the car was stopped by another car that was hit.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 112014


  • miles
I rented a 4 door VW Passat (license plate[xxx]; mva #[xxx]) from avis at the baton rouge airport on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Today, April 11, 2014, while driving on the highway from new orleans to baton rouge my car accelerated to 80 miles and stayed at that rate (without me having my foot on the gas), approximately 7 or 8 times. My speed did not go down unless I pressed on the breaks, similar to what occurs when someone engages cruise control (but I had not engaged cruise control). Although this issue occurred several times, I could not positively identify the movements necessary to recreate the effect. However, I do know that it occurred at least some of the times (and possibly every time) when I was accelerating to pass a car* moved to the right hand lane. Towards the end of my drive I made sure to only be touching the steering wheel at the bottom, therefore it was not possible that I accidentally engaged the cruise control via any of the side levers, and on my model the only buttons on the steering wheel itself were for radio volume and station. I did not get into an accident, but I could imagine different circumstances had this issue arisen during denser traffic conditions. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #1

Aug 172013


  • 300 miles
Vehicle cruise control does not control speed downhill when cruise control is set. Vehicle speed keeps increasing while going downhill.

- Goleta, CA, USA

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