German automakers Volkswagen are recalling 168,275 cars equipped with diesel engines because of a defect in the fuel injection system that could cause fuel leaks and lead to a fire hazard. The recall affects 2009-2012 Jettas as well as 2010-2012 Golf small cars and Audi A3 cars from 2010-2012. All of the cars are equipped with a 2-liter TDI diesel engine.
According to reports, cracks can develop in the fuel injection system and cause the fuel to leak which could possibly cause an engine fire. The company does not know of any fires, crashes, or injuries caused by the defect. Volkswagen will replace the fuel injector line in some models and will install dampers to cut the vibrations on all of them. The repairs will be made free of charge and will start in November according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall includes 161,144 Golf and Jetta models and another 7,131 Audi A3's. About 20% of the cars made during the recall model years will need to have the fuel lines replaced and all will get vibration dampers. More than 20% of the Volkswagens sold in the U.S. have diesel engines.
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