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Volkswagen recalling nearly 380,000 cars over fire risk

by Steven J. Ewing (RSS feed) on Dec 15th 2010 at 12:58PM


Volkswagen AG has just issued a recall of nearly 380,000 cars due to the potential for fuel leaks which could lead to a fire. According to The Detroit News, A total of 266,936 Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Golf and Rabbit models from the 2007 to 2009 model years are affected, as well as an additional 110,350 New Beetle models (both hardtop and convertible).

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an official recall bulletin, stating:

"The Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Golf and Rabbit vehicles may have a small plastic tab located on the windshield washer fluid reservoir that may chafe against an underhood fuel supply line. The New Beetle and the New Beetle Convertible vehicles may have a fastening clamp on a hydraulic hose of the power steering system that may be located in an improper position which could cause chafing against an underhood fuel supply line."

In both instances, chafing could result in a fuel leak, which in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.

NHTSA states that dealerships will either remove the plastic tab from the windshield washer fluid reservoir or, in the case of the New Beetles, inspect the position of the fastening clamp. Either way, the fix won't cost owners a thing, and the recall is expected to ramp up by the end of January.



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VW recalls 377K vehicles over fuel leak concerns

David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington— Volkswagen AG is recalling more than 377,000 vehicles over concerns a faulty windshield washer reservoir could cause fuel leaks.

The recall covers 228,236 2007-09 Jetta and Jetta SportWagen models and 38,700 Golf and Rabbit models from the same period. Another 110,350 new Beetle and Beetle convertibles from the 2006-10 model years are also being recalled.

A fuel leak could cause a fire posing a safety risk. A small plastic tab on the windshield wiper reservoir could chafe against an underhood fuel supply line in most of the recalled vehicles. VW spokesman Kerry Christopher said the company has no reports on any fires, injuries or accidents as a result of the condition.

VW dealers will inspect the vehicles, remove the plastic tab from the reservoir in the Jetta, Golf and Rabbit vehicles and replace the fuel line if necessary. VW will inspect and adjust a fastening clamp on the Beetle vehicles.

VW will notify dealers and owners in late January as parts become available.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20101215/AUTO01/12150379/VW-recalls-377K-vehicles-over-fuel-leak-concerns#ixzz18E2mP0UW

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VW recalls 377,286 cars in U.S. for fire risk

December 16, 2010 06:01 CET

WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) -- Volkswagen AG is recalling 377,286 cars in the United States, including Beetle and Jetta models, citing fire risk from fuel-supply lines that may chafe and leak.

Volkswagen is recalling Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Golf, Rabbit, New Beetle and New Beetle Convertible cars, it said in a letter posted Wednesday on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Web site.

“It's a voluntary safety recall,” said Kerry Christopher, a spokesman for Volkswagen at its U.S. headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. “There haven't been any reports of injuries or fires that have resulted from this.”

The recall applies to model years 2007 to 2009 of Jettas, Golfs and Rabbits and model years 2006 to 2010 of Beetles.

Some Jettas from the 2009 model year are also under investigation by the U.S. auto-safety regulator after it received reports of engines stalling without warning while the cars are moving.

VW has been able to gain ground on leader Toyota Motor Corp. in the race to become the world's largest automaker due to car safety issues at the Japanese giant. Toyota has recalled more than 15 million vehicles in the past year to fix problems. VW, currently No. 3 is global sales behind General Motors Co., wants to be the world's largest automaker by 2018.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101216/ANE/101219893/1294#ixzz18I1DIMTq

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German automaker, Volkswagen, has joined the seemingly endless list of recent safety recalls as a handful of models have been identified to all potentially have one of two unique problems that could lead to a leaking fuel line.

Although the announcement is coming at the same time, for seemingly the same issue and from the same automaker, there are actually two issues that both happen to lead to the same end result of the leaking fuel line. As TrueCar explains, for the Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen, Golf and Rabbit – model years 2007 through 2009 -share an issue stemming from a plastic tab located on the windshield fluid container that can rub against the fuel line, potentially leading to a fuel line leak.

While the 2006 through 2010 New Beetle and New Beetle Convertible have a fastening clamp for the power steering system that can also rub a fuel line and lead to a leak.

The model count breakdown calls for 228,236 Jetta models, 38,700 Golf and Rabbit vehicles and 110,350 New Beetle vehicles to be recalled, all of which were produced, but not designed in Mexican production facilities.

VW dealers are expected to begin contacting owners in late January in order to inspect and repair vehicles free of charge.



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