NHTSA Announces Recalls on Some Golf, Jetta and Audi Vehicles

Volkswagen is recalling as many as 168,275 Golf, Jetta and Audi vehicles with diesel engines because of fuel system defect that could lead to fires, federal safety officials say.

The recall, which is expected to start in November, applies to certain 2009-2012 Jetta and Jetta Sportwagen and 2010-2012 Golf and Audi A3 vehicles, according to an announcement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Safety and insurance industry officials advise consumers to take advantage of vehicle recalls in order to have potential safety problems fixed.

Although motorists would likely not be found financially liable for damages from an accident that is proven to have been caused by a defective automotive part, those drivers could be left struggling with questions about auto insurance coverage at a time when they are trying to recover from an accident.

Officials with the federal agency’s Office of Defect Investigations (ODI) say that a fuel injector line could develop small cracks that could cause fuel to leak, which could lead to a fire if it happens around an ignition source.

NHTSA says Volkswagen and Audi will notify owners that they can have affected vehicles repaired for free. Both makes are manufactured by the Volkswagen Group.

The automaker will install an improved fuel injector line and add vibration dampers to all injector lines to fix the defect, NHTSA announced.

This is not the first recall announced this year for Volkswagen vehicles because of the risk of fire.

A problem with a fastening clamp in the power steering system that could have led to fuel leaks and fires led to a recall of certain Jetta, Rabbit and other vehicles earlier this year.

About Gregor McGavin
Gregor McGavin is an award-winning journalist who has reported across the country for such publications as The Associated Press, the Arizona Republic, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the Press-Enterprise.

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