If you own a 2007 to 2009 VW Jetta, Jetta Wagon, Golf, Rabbit or New Beetle model, heads up: the NHTSA has issued a recall bulletin on these models for a potential fire risk. According to the NHTSA, a plastic tab from the windshield washer fluid reservoir can potentially chafe an underhood fuel supply line on Jetta, Jetta Wagon, Golf and Rabbit models, leading to the potential of a fuel spill and resulting fire. The New Beetle (including convertible models) has a power steering hose clamp that can potentially chafe against a fuel line, also resulting in a fire risk.
The recall is expected to begin on or before January 31, 2011. VW dealers will inspect affected vehicles and repair if necessary by removing the plastic tab from the windshield washer fluid reservoir or by repositioning the fastening clamp on the power steering line. Owners who smell fuel after the car is parked should contact their VW dealer immediately for a service appointment, as leaking gasoline is nothing to play around with (especially if you park inside). Customers with questions or concerns can reach VW’s customer service hotline at (800) 822-8987.