Volkswagen has officially announced a recall of 168,275 Jetta TDI and Golf TDI models as well as certain Audi A3 TDI vehicles after a recent stop sale. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the problem stems from the fuel line that feeds injector number two. Over time, the resonance from the injector could cause the line to fail, potentially leading to an engine fire. Volkswagen will replace the line with an improved piece and fit each injector with a vibration damper to prevent the failure from occurring in the future free of charge.

The recall covers certain 2010-2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI and Audi A3 TDI models as well as certain 2009-2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and Jetta Sporwagen TDI models. Volkswagen will notify owners affected by the issue and work is expected to begin in November. Hit the jump for a look at the recall notice.
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Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):


AUDI / A3

2010-2012


VOLKSWAGEN / GOLF

2010-2012


VOLKSWAGEN / JETTA

2009-2012


VOLKSWAGEN / JETTA SPORTWAGEN

2009-2012


Manufacturer: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC


Mfr's Report Date: SEP 30, 2011


NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V490000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A


Component: FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL

Potential Number of Units Affected: 168,275

Summary:
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL 2009-2012 JETTA AND JETTA SPORTWAGEN VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM MAY 2008 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011, MODEL YEAR 2010-2012 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM MAY 2009 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011, AND MODEL YEAR 2010-2012 AUDI A3 VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 2009 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011, THAT ARE EQUIPPED WITH A 2.0L TDI COMMON RAIL DIESEL ENGINE/CLEAN DIESEL ENGINE. THE FUEL INJECTION PULSES COULD COINCIDE WITH THE NATURAL FREQUENCY OF THE INJECTOR LINE #2, IN SPECIFIC LOAD AND RPM CONDITIONS. THIS RESONANCE CREATES ADDITIONAL STRESS IN THE FUEL LINE.

Consequence:
DUE TO THE RESONANCE CONDITION, INJECTOR LINE NUMBER 2 COULD DEVELOP SMALL CRACKS WHICH COULD LEAD TO FUEL LEAKAGE. LEAKING FUEL IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, MAY LEAD TO A FIRE.

Remedy:
VOLKSWAGEN WILL INSTALL AN IMPROVED FUEL INJECTOR LINE FOR THE NUMBER 2 CYLINDER AND WILL INSTALL VIBRATION DAMPERS ON ALL OF THE INJECTOR LINES. VOLKSWAGEN AND AUDI WILL NOTIFY OWNERS TO HAVE THE VEHICLES REPAIRED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.

Notes:
VOLKSWAGEN RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 23J9/V5. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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  • 54 Comments
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like some Audis have Vorsprung'ed a fuel leak. Might want to have a Technik have a look at that.
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope now Audi fanboys will shut up. Always talking how reliable VW/Audi is. Every car manufacturer has recalls. Audi is not exception.
      adam512
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know what I am from the Europe and I dont mind their being lots of diesels around. One thing i dont like is, the local air concerns because although it does have a lot less C02 than gasoline cars, there is a fair amount of soot that comes out. And no matter how quiet and refined the diesel motor in the car may sound when new.. It always always becomes quite rough and noisy later on in its life however this does not mean problems its just a normal sound. I personally drive a gas car, I cant give up the smooth hum of a good gas engine and the thrill of revving the balls of your car once in a while. Diesels are for some people and thats completely fine. The more variety of ICE engines the better for us enthusiasts right?
      freeflyer376
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like VW/Audi still hasn't fixed their fuel system problems along with a long list of other gremlims that plague all their models...My 1991 Corrado G60 had similar fuel system issues albeit it was gasoline and not diesel-related.
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @freeflyer376
        Diesel has a higher flashpoint, so engine fire is far less likely than with gasoline.
          clquake
          • 3 Years Ago
          @creamwobbly
          Does it really matter if it's diesel or gas?
      lasertekk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bad vibrations?
        Just Stuff
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lasertekk
        Wasn't that a Beach Boy song... Bad Bad Bad Vibrations???
      CarSnaab
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought this was for the NHTSA investigation on failed fuel pumps causing $10k in damage. I guess owners are not out of the woods yet.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        jrwgti17
        • 3 Years Ago
        have you ever driven a VW TDI? Why are the so popular in Europe if they are dangerous. If they were dangerous they would be selling like they are. You just another prejudiced american. .
        Quen47
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nono, he's right. And I'm sure, not being hypocrite, that he thinks every time a gas-powered ICE car is recalled, they should be banned too!
        Felspawn
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dont Feed the Trolls
        denverdave
        • 3 Years Ago
        hahahaa youre just a troll.
      FeMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lol. POS car.
        Andre Neves
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FeMan
        POS opinion.
        RyGuy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FeMan
        You're a moron. As explained above, there is a simple fix for this GREAT car. I'd like to see what you drive, considering you make amazing assumptions pretty quickly. You probably bought a Cobalt because a dealer said he'd give you a "special price." Take a hike!
          FeMan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @RyGuy
          I own a Toyota Prius and a Lexus IS-F. HAHA.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FeMan
        VW isn't the only carmaker ever to have a recall, you know?
      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great more misinformation when trying to explain how diesel is better than buying a hybrid. Props to VW for bringing TDI's to America. Gas hybrids are optimized to the nth degree to achieve their mpg numbers. Aerodynamics, underbody trays, low rolling resistance tires, CVTs, special gearing, etc. The TDI is just thrown in a regular Jetta and sold. No underbody trays, no special tires, no special transmission, normal gearing, and still easily achieve 50mpg on the highway. 60-80mpg is easily attainable by applying the same modifications the Hybrids have to the TDI. But people only understand cars as they are packaged for them. They don't see that one car is tuned to the 9's and the other isn't really trying at all to get the same mileage. Just wait until someone creates a TDI hybrid..... That'l show em.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
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        EricC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        You really think that stuff adds 60% fuel economy?? I have a bridge in Arizona....
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        maybe, but riddle me this....how come the ONLY manufacturers bringing diesel here are the Germans...and in this case they are well known for "issues". The MIGHTY Honda had one on the tables to come here and it was nixed....theres a reason in my opinion...there are superior alternatives.....
          creamwobbly
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          You heard it here first: Europe is superior.
      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      Excuse me for possibly being stupid, but doesn't Diesel ignite under compression? How could it cause an engine fire?
        Jim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        because the engine's hot. Diesel fuel becomes flammable at temperatures over 140F.
        jrwgti17
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        if it would leak onto the exhaust manifold for instance it would ignite. or if it sprayed on anything hot it would burn. I have an old diesel an 82 and I've had trouble with fuel line leaks when i was first restoring it.
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        Thanks guys.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      In before the "OMFG VWs ARE SO UNRELIABLE" comments.
        atc98092
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        You're a little late. There's a whole bunch already. I ignore them.
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