Volkswagen and Audi are recalling certain models equipped with the 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel engine to repair a potentially leaking high pressure fuel line. Affected by the recall are some 168,275 models, including:
– 2009-12 VW Jetta TDI sedans, built between May 2008 and September 2011
– 2009-12 VW Jetta TDI SportWagens, built between May 2008 and September 2011
– 2010-12 VW Golf TDI hatchbacks, built between May 2009 and September 2011
– 2010-12 Audi A3 TDI wagons, built between September 2009 and September 2011
Vibration in a high pressure fuel line leading to the number two fuel injector can cause cracking, leading to a potential fuel leak. In the presence of an ignition source, a fire can result, although Volkswagen reports that no fires, accidents or injuries have occurred as a result of this defect.
The recall is expected to begin in November, once dealers build up stock of replacement parts. VW and Audi dealers will install an improved fuel injector line to the number two injector and will add vibration dampers on all injector lines. Owners with questions or concerns can contact Volkswagen’s customer service hotline at (800) 822-8987, or the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.