Recall 18V536000

Brake Caliper Mounting Bolts Not Tightened Enough Reducing Braking Performance

Recall Details

The brake caliper bracket mounting bolts may not be sufficiently tightened, resulting in reduced braking performance. Dealers will inspect the brake caliper bolt tightness, replacing and re-torquing the bolts as necessary, additionally checking brake caliper fasteners, bleeder valves and brake hose bolts for proper tightness free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The brake caliper bracket mounting bolts on affected vehicles may not be sufficiently tightened. This allows the brake caliper to move out of proper position, and reduces braking ability and contributes to a loss of vehicle control, which can result in an accident.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Volkswagen must be performed by a Volkswagen dealership. Volkswagen will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in September, 2018. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Volkswagen dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with. The Volkswagen recall number is 46H6.

Brakes, August 15, 2018

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
August 15, 2018
NHTSA Action Number
Potential Number of Units Affected
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and 2017-2018 Volkswagen Passat vehicles. The brake caliper bracket mounting bolts on these vehicles may not have been tightened sufficiently.
The loose brake bracket bolts can allow the caliper to move, reducing braking ability or causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake caliper bracket bolt tightness, replacing and re-torque the bolts as necessary, free of charge. Additionally brake caliper fasteners, bleeder valve, and brake hose bolts will be checked and torqued to the correct specification, if necessary, free of charge. For Passat vehicles, dealers will also inspect the parking brake cable for proper connection, free of charge. The recall began September 14, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 46H6.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to
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