The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta Already Has an Annoying Recall

For years many Volkswagen owners have loved the true value that the 2021 Jetta provides, especially for the price. As an entry-level luxury car, the latest models provide comfort, style, and practicality without blowing your monthly budget out of the water. They are also known for being relatively reliable, so it’s surprising to see that the newest year of the Jetta already has one recall under its belt. But should it be enough to actually concern potential buyers?

What the reports say

If you’re like me, chances are you’ve always believed that the Volkswagen Jetta was probably a pretty reliable car. They’re popular, relatively common, and overall really well-liked. So, if you scroll through forums or other pages like Consumer Reports, you might be just as surprised as I was to see that this year of the Volkswagen Jetta has pretty abysmal ratings for expected reliability. Even more surprising, the previous years haven’t been much better, either.

A silver 2021 Volkswagen Jetta parked with the sun in the background
The 2021 VW Jetta on display | Volkswagen

What’s the latest Jetta recall?

The latest recall for the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta has already been confirmed by the NHTSA, and it is in regards to the vehicle’s backup camera. That might not seem like a big deal to many — after all, many drivers on the road today grew up driving cars without backup cameras anyway. For the Jetta, the image received from the backup camera displayed on the car’s infotainment system can appear black or just frozen, decrease driver visibility.

The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is displayed at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview
The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI | Joel Lerner/Xinhua via Getty

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Backup cameras are more helpful than we realize

Some drivers have adapted to having backup cameras so heavily that it’s increasingly difficult to drive without them. More than that, it can just be genuinely frustrating to be dealing with manufacturing defects right after buying a brand new car. It is both dangerous for drivers and an annoying inconvenience. Still, such a small recall shouldn’t deter potential buyers from at least taking the latest Volkswagen Jetta for a test drive.

Volkswagen Jetta is on display during North American International Auto Show
The Volkswagen Jetta | David Graff/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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Even so, many drivers will fall in love with the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta and decide it’s worth the small hassle. After all, almost all recall work is done at cost of the manufacturer, so all it requires of owners is a pesky trip to the dealership to have the backup camera system issues resolved.