The VW recall affects its deisel cars (VW).
DETROIT (AP) -- Volkswagen is recalling 168,275 cars equipped with diesel engines because of a defect in the fuel injection system that could cause fuel leaks and fires.

The recall affects certain 2009-2012 Jetta midsize cars, and some 2010 through 2012 Golf small cars, as well as some Audi A3 models from the 2010 through 2012 model years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday on its website. All are equipped with 2-liter TDI diesel engines.

Cracks can develop in the fuel injection system and cause fuel to leak, possibly causing fires, VW said in documents filed with federal safety regulators.

However, the company said in the documents that it doesn't know of any fires, crashes or injuries caused by the problem.

Fuel injectors squirt fuel into the cylinder, where it is ignited. The resulting explosion pushes the pistons, which move to power the cars. On some of the VW diesels, a vibration given off by the injectors can cause stress that eventually can lead to cracks in the injector fuel lines, VW said.

Volkswagen will replace a fuel injector line in some models and install dampers to cut the vibrations on all of them. The repairs will be made free of charge. The recall is expected to start in November, NHTSA said.

The recall includes 161,144 Golf and Jetta models and another 7,131 Audi A3s.

The Jettas, including SportWagens, were made from May 2008 through September of 2011, while the Golfs were made from May of 2009 through September of 2011. The A3 models were made from September of 2009 through September of 2011.

About 20 percent of the cars built during those time periods will need to have fuel lines replaced, and all will the vehicles will get the vibration dampers, VW said.

More than 20 percent of the Volkswagens sold in the U.S. have diesel engines.


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      bill
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Mike. Why does your goverment allow foreign can makers then? get real pal. i worked for GM for 31.8 years and they threw me aside to go to mexico and you pay the same price for a car made there!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you say CORPORATE GREED?
      luisd482
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Small-town crash sparks calls for illegal immigration crackdown in Mass". Liz Goodwin/ The Lookout/ today 9.29.11. "Ecuadoran Nicholas Guaman was charged with vehicular homicide for allegedly running down 23-year-old motorcyclist" Link to article: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/small-town-crash-sparks-calls-illegal-immigration-crackdown-164248241.html.
      keesldr
      • 3 Years Ago
      The fire hazard is highly questionable - its diesel not gasoline. Diesel fuel is notoriously hard to ignite which it why is used in military vehicles and home heating systems.
      luisd482
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Small-town crash sparks calls for illegal immigration crackdown in Mass". Liz Goodwin/ The Lookout/ today 9.29.11. "Ecuadoran Nicholas Guaman was charged with vehicular homicide for allegedly running down 23-year-old motorcyclist" Link to article: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/small-town-crash-sparks-calls-illegal-immigration-crackdown-164248241.html.
      jimall3
      • 3 Years Ago
      Every German Car I have ever owned has been a piece of crap. Once I swtiched to Lexus I never looked back.
      mhcontain
      • 3 Years Ago
      German engineering.
      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Before buying a car or a truck from a foreign company, think about this: Those foreign car companies that are building plants here in the USA pay American workers half of what workers from American car companies make. Thats half the money to spend and half the tax revenue collected from wages! Also all the profits from these plants go right back to a foreign country except what goes into our polititians pockets. NOW TELL ME THIS IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY!!!!! No other country would allow foreign companies to take over their auto industry. That is exactly what is happening to the USA!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Now Mike, what you fail to understand is that is the USA was the only economy in the universe your argument might be relevant. It, however is not. If the rest of the planet did not buy American or American owned, now THAT would kill your country. So swings and roundabouts, mate. Think bigger and less myopic. Might help you get over your narrowband thought processes...
      jclaxton78
      • 3 Years Ago
      People bash the **** out of the 2.5L engine VW has, but when I bought my Golf, I knew it was a time tested and trouble-free engine. I don't care how heavy it is, or how not up to date it is compared to competitors. It's reliable and it doesn't leak fuel. People are so obsessed with fuel economy that they'll pay 4k more just for a diesel engine that if you did your research, you would see that it has been problematic for quite some time. Have fun at the shop diesel lovers.
      • 3 Years Ago
      and i always tought the volkswagen was the most dependable car oh well i guess they all have problems