Volkswagen is recalling 168 000 diesel vehicles because of concern that fuel-injector leaks could start an engine fire.
According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the German automakers saaid the recall would involve 2009-12 VW Jetta, Jetta SportWagen and Golf. The engine affected is the German automaker’s 2.0 TDI which is also used in Audi’s A3.
The recall includes 161 144 VWs and 7131 Audis. No fires, crashes or injuries have been reported.
VW said 20% of vehicles recalled had fuel-injection lines with potentially faulty material. The automaker said one supplier used a faulty part in assembling fuel-injectors and the failures only related to one of four injector lines.
The company began investigating the issue in March 2010 after a warranty return due to a single fuel leaks report. The German automaker did not discover the cause of the leak but plans to notify dealers and owners in November.
In February 2011, the NHTSA investigated the 2009-10 diesel VW Jetta, Golf and Audi A3 models after it received 160 complaints and field reports alleging incidents of engine stall and/or loss of power. The problems appear to be related to high-pressure fuel-pump failures.
WV has said it believes the problem is caused by contaminated diesel fuel consumers using the wrong fuel.
Wheels24 contacted Volkswagen SA and they commented that at less than 200 local vehicles will be affected by the recall.
“VWSA has evaluated the impact on cars sold in South Africa and less than 200 vehicles could be affected. As a precautionary measure, the affected customers will be contacted directly to bring in their cars for a check at their nearest dealership,” said VWSA.
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