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Volkswagen Recalls 168,000 Diesel Cars!

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On: Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 11:20AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Volkswagen Recalls 168,000 Diesel Cars!

Volkswagen has just released a recall that will call back 168,275 diesel cars that include Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen, Golf, and Audi A3 models because of a very odd potential defect. It seems that one of the fuel lines could potentially crack due to injection pulses matching the natural frequency of the line during specific engine conditions. This could then lead to fuel leakage and potentially an engine fire. Read on to get the full report from safercar.gov

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Audi / A32010-2012
Volkswagen / Golf2010-2012
Volkswagen / Jetta2009-2012
Volkswagen / Jetta Sportwagen2009-2012

Manufacturer:Volkswagen of America, INC
Mfr's Report Date:Sep 30, 2011
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:11V490000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Fuel System, Diesel
Potential Number of Units Affected:168,275

Summary:

Volkswagen is recalling certain model 2009-2012 Jetta and Jetta Sportwagen vehicles, manufactured from May 2008 through September 2011, model year 2010-2012 Volkswagen Golf vehicles, manufactured from May 2009 through September 2011, and model year 2010-2012 Audi A3 vehicles, manufactured from September 2009 through September 2011, that are equipped with a 2.0l TDI common rail diesel engine/clean diesel engine. The fuel injection pulses could coincide with the natural frequency of the injector line #2, in specific load and rpm conditions. This resonance creates additional stress in the fuel line.

Consequence:

Due to the resonance condition, injector line number 2 could develop small cracks which could lead to fuel leakage. Leaking fuel in the presence of an ignition source, may lead to a fire.

Remedy:

Volkswagen will install an improved fuel injector line for the number 2 cylinder and will install vibration dampers on all of the injector lines. Volkswagen and Audi will notify owners to have the vehicles repaired free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2011. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.

Notes:

Volkswagen recall campaign number is 23J9/V5. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.


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