Just this month, Volkswagen of America announced officially that it will be recalling almost 160,ooo Jetta TDI, Jetta SportWagen TDI and Golf TDI vehicles, as well as over 7000 of its Subsidiary Audi’s A3 TDI model, after a recent Stop Sale Alert was made public.
The particular models are diesel-powered “TDI” vehicles. The Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta SportWagens being recalled were manufactured between May 2008 and September 2011. The Golf models were made between May 2009 and September 2011, and the Audi A3s were built between May 2009 and September 2011.
The defect centers around the high pressure fuel line which doesn’t meet specifications and may become loose and lead to a fuel leak. A fuel leak presents a serious risk of fire.
This recall comes as quite a blow to Volkswagen. 20% of their models sold in the States are diesel-powered. Diesel engines have a better fuel economy compared to their gasoline-powered counterparts.
Volkswagen and Audi dealers will replace the faulty fuel lines and install rubber dampers to help absorb friction and vibrations. Even vehicles without faulty fuel lines will have the dampers installed as added protection. Volkswagen says its a relatively quick fix & should be corrected in an hour’s time.