According to an October 7, 2011, article by Christopher Jensen in The New York Times, Volkswagen is recalling 168,000 Volkswagen Audi, Jetta and Jetta Sport Wagen model cars that contained the TDI engine, due to fuel leaks. Volkswagen published a document on the company’s website that noted it had received reports of fuel leaks and after testing, “discovered that a fuel line could leak, raising the possibility of a fire.”
This recall concerns the 2009–12 Jetta and Jetta SportWagen, the 2010–12 Golf and the 2010-12 Audi A3. Volkswagen says it began investigating fuel leaks from these vehicles in early 2010 and while, so far, no fires or injuries have resulted, they believed a fuel injection pulse could “coincide with the natural frequency of the injector line No. 2.” Nonetheless, this is a potential safety matter.
Volkswagen indicated that the recall is voluntary, but Jensen noted in a follow-up piece for “Wheels” that VW must do so because according to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, automakers are required to notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission (NHTSA) and consumers and then conduct a recall when there is a safety defect.
For more information on automobile recalls, visit: www.nhtsa.gov