October started shaky for German automotive titan Volkswagen (VW), who recalled 168,275 VW and Audi (whose under the VW manufacturing umbrella) vehicles during the first week of the month. The recall was due to a faulty part in the fuel injection structure that may be prone to fuel leaks, which in turn can cause fires, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The VW models affected are 2009 - 2012 Jettas , 2010 - 2012 Golfs and 2010 – 2012 Audi A3s. All of the recalled vehicles are equipped with a 2.0 liter diesel engine (about 20 percent of VW cars in the U.S. have diesel engines, according to the company). The diesel engines can harbor cracking caused by vibration in the fuel injection system that may lead to fires, according to NHSTA. Records show that the federal agency started looking into the issue in March of 2010.
VW told NHTSA that it is not aware of any fires, crashes, or injuries resulting from the defect. The company is instructing customers to contact its customer service department, which will schedule and provide a free repair of the problem.
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