posted 3 years ago

VW Recall: Where Do I Find My Chassis Number?

Attention all VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda diesel owners. Here’s our Step by Step guide for those who are worried their car may be due a recall.

News has emerged this morning stating that VW will be starting to recall vehicles fitted with ‘defeat devices’ as of January 2016. This is directly following on from the news of cheating emissions tests which came out two weeks ago. All affected vehicles will be recalled back to the local dealership for a software update which removes the 'defeat devices'. It is thought some vehicles will need more serious interventions in terms of hardware changes.

There is a total of 1,189,906 VW group vehicles that need to go back to the dealer in the UK. This number is broken down by manufacturer as follows…

  • VW passenger cars - 508,276
  • Audi - 393,450
  • SEAT - 76,773
  • Skoda - 131,569
  • VW commercial vehicles - 79,838

‘Is My Car Being Recalled?’

Not every single diesel model produced by VW will be recalled, it is only those which feature the EA189 engine produced between 2009 and 2014. Here is how you find out if that includes you...

Step 1 - Identify where the VIN is.

All cars produced under the Volkswagen Audi Group display their VIN in the lower corner of the windscreen. Use the images below to find yours. The code is 17 digits long and is composed of both numbers and letters.

If you're struggling to read the VIN through the windscreen for whatever reason, you can also find it on the first page of your vehicle handbook...

Step 2 - Enter your VIN number on the manufacturer websites to find out whether yours is affected.

Step 3 - Relax.

Your vehicle is not faulty or unsafe in terms of its operation and you are absolutely fine to continue driving as normal, irrespective of this Diesel scandal. If it has come around that your car is due a recall then you’ll be contacted in the New Year. The dealerships will do their best to make sure your car is corrected with the least inconvenience to yourself as possible. 

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