• Dec 15th 2010 at 12:58PM
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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.

[Sources: The Detroit News, NHTSA]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Yet another reason why the 2.0t and TDI are the best choice, for other obvious reasons.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hi guys, I own a 2010 VW Bora in Mexico (Jetta MkV in the US) and when I first saw this I immediatly went to check my car and I noticed that it does have the tab and that it is chaffing a hose that goes directly to the engine but the recall includes only 2007-2009 model years and mine is a 2010 with the 2.5L engine.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Recall has already been out for awhile now. When i was a tech, we were cutting them off of every car that came in. So as long as everyone keeps up on their maintenance, they should be ok. and people that buy them can do it at home if they're worried as well. Just get a pair of side angled cutters and snip it off. http://freecarads.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      only in america...
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about the cars outside the US?
      Like Mexico, is vw just going to leave them alone on their own?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Canada also has 37,000 recalls.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The recall does not affect TDI models, even though a TDI is pictured here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, considering none of you probably own the vehicle in question I'm sure that makes you an expert. Perhaps it's that, or the 40 or so years you've been driving... you've seen it all. Nah, I'm sure technology and cars haven't evolved past your old and tired behind....

      Or maybe it's those of you who are opinionated or biased because you think you've read every single Car and Driver out there....

      I actually own a 2008 VW GLI, so my ramblings aren't opinion, they're fact.
      Yes, the car is expensive to maintain, but I knew that going into the deal so I can't complain on that. The car has never left me stranded and has suffered from one problem related to the high pressure fuel pump and the sending unit. That's it. To make a generalized statement about what you may have heard about the MkIV Jetta and blast a car that has made tremendous strides in quality is pretty narrow minded. Get an education.

      Before you go bashing Mexican assembly, consider the number of complaints against the GTI (German assembled) to the GLI (Mexican assembled). Neither car is perfect, but even if sales were proportionate to each other, the GLI is equal if not slightly better than the GTI.

      All things considered, this isn't a quality control issue, it's a design issue, a defect in the design of the car. When you engineer parts so close together and don't factor in potentially excessive engine vibrations, stuff like this occurs. Volkswagen doesn't hide their recalls, no manufacturer is allowed to do that... not even Toyota.

      Before you try to come back with a snappy remark to assert yourself in the automotive hierarchy, why don't you do some research as opposed to come out with some generalized statements about previous generations of a vehicle that provides many with a rewarding ownership experience. Rather than listening to someone who thinks they know cars.... why don't you look for yourself. VW's aren't perfect... but believe me... neither are you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i have a vw 2010 jetta and i luv it its the best brand to choose

      • 4 Years Ago
      Something in common with the Nano.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So is the German engineering or the Mexican assembly at fault here?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep the recalls coming.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks the main picture looks WAYYY to overly photoshopped?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think Autoblog just has great photographers.
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