2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electric & brake issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Launched in 2020, the Volkswagen ID.4 is VW’s first fully-electric crossover SUV. It hit the market with multiple accolades and was voted the 2021 World Car of the Year by nearly 100 journalists from 28 countries. The company is advertising it as a car for “the millions, not the millionaires.”

This sounds great, especially with an electric car offering intelligent design (ID). But there are already 4 recalls for the new SUV, all of which relate to major safety issues that may result in accidents. And there are 25 complaints with the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These relate to problems across the board, some more serious than others.

Bearing in mind that the car is a global favorite, there are many more complaints other than those received by the U.S. NHTSA.

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Most Common Problems with the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4

In keeping with lots of other electric vehicles, the major complaint about the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is its electrical system. It is probably worth noting that none of the recalls are related to the electrical system despite the many complaints to the NHTSA and other platforms.

There are 25 complaints in total, with service brakes issues coming in second. In numbers, there are 10 complaints about the electrical system, 6 that are related to service brakes, and 4 each about the powertrain and fuel/propulsion system. Most powertrain issues also involve electrical issues.

There are also 3 complaints each about exterior lighting and forward collision avoidance. There and 2 each about back-over prevention, steering, and vehicle speed control. Finally, the engine, equipment, land departure, latches/locks/linkages, and visibility/wipers all have 1 complaint each.

So, it’s very varied.

Here is some more information about the most common problems reported to the NHTSA.

2021 VW ID.4 Electrical System Problems

It probably shouldn’t be a surprise to discover that electric vehicles have electrical system problems. Somehow, it is surprising to many consumers.

Electrical system issues mentioned in NHTSA complaints are, though varied, so it’s difficult to pinpoint typical problem areas. For example, the first complaint on their system states that the infotainment panel shuts off sporadically. The concern is that this doesn’t just affect entertainment, but safety features as well including the backup camera and proximity sensors.

The rear window defrost grid is another issue. Then another involves a driver pulling out of a parking garage slowly when the car shut down and lost all power. That happened twice.

Other complaints also report cars shutting down as well as fuel/propulsion issues.

2021 VW ID.4 Brake Problems

Service brake issues are always a concern because a failure can result in a crash. A recent complaint describes a brake failure that resulted in a crash. To make matters worse, the airbags didn’t deploy. Luckily, nobody was injured, but the ID.4 is “a total loss.” The mileage on the clock was only 8,000!

Another complaint states that it felt as if the brake pedal was switched off. But the car accelerated and smashed into another car. But they state that VW isn’t accepting responsibility and is claiming the accelerator and not the brakes were applied.

One complainant whose car spontaneously accelerated and hit a parked car in front of her says:

“This has not just happened to me but to many others as well. I can send documentation for that if you need.”

What to do if your 2021 VW ID.4 is a lemon? Your Lemon Rights

It’s a tough call when you buy what you believe is a top car. But, the reality is that some are 100%, but amongst them, there will be lemons. It’s not for us to decide why or how it happens.

We want you to know what to look for, and if you think you’ve bought a lemon, contact us so that we can help you resolve your issues.

Lemberg Law is a specialist consumer law firm that specializes in lemon law cases. We can help you get a replacement vehicle, a cash settlement, a trade-in, or a buyback.

Call our Helpline today and we’ll see what we can do to help you. VW will have to pay the legal bills, not you.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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