In a news release, Volkswagen announced the recall of 168,275 vehicles that are equipped with diesel engines due to a defect in their fuel injection systems that could potentially result in fuel leaks and fires.
This recall affects some 2009-2012 Jetta models, certain 2010-2012 Golf models and certain 2010-2012 Audi A3 models, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). All affected vehicles are equipped with 2-litre TDI diesel engines. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the fuel injection system on these vehicles can develop cracks, causing fuel to leak on other engine components and posing a potential fire hazard. Fuel injectors are responsible for distributing fuel into engine cylinders where it is then ignited. The resulting ignition pushes the pistons, in turn moving the vehicle. In certain VW diesel engines, a vibration is emitted that stresses fuel injector lines, causing them to eventually crack. The company plans to replace fuel injector lines on certain models while installing vibration dampners on others to fix the defect. All repairs will be performed free of charge.
Volkswagen has received no reports of injury or fires as a result of this defect. The recall will be in full effect by November of this year.
As a Vancouver car accident lawyer, I know the dangers of such an engine defect. I hope that no one has been or will be injured by these cracked fuel lines. If you’ve been injured by a defective auto component, call a personal injury lawyer in your area.