Nearly 38,000 Volkswagens are being recalled because they are at risk of catching on fire. The problem stems from a fault in the fuel rail. If gas were to leak through a defective sealing cap into the engine, all it would take is one spark to ignite a fire.
The affected Volkswagens are as follows:
- the 2014-15 Jetta
- the 2014-15 Passat
- the 2015 Golf and GTI
- the 2014-15 Beetle and Beetle Convertible
If you own an affected vehicle, you should be contacted by the dealer you purchased from.
Want to read the official press release?
RECALL Subject : Fuel Leaking Into Engine Compartment
Report Receipt Date: DEC 22, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V809000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 37,979
Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Jetta vehicles manufactured March 28, 2014, to November 24, 2014, certain 2014-2015 Passat vehicles manufactured April 7, 2014, to November 18, 2014, certain 2015 Golf and GTI vehicles manufactured July 1, 2014, to November 20, 2014, and certain 2014-2015 Beetle and Beetle Convertible vehicles manufactured March 31, 2014, to November 27, 2014. A sealing cap at the fuel rail may fail, allowing fuel to leak into the engine compartment.
A fuel leak, in the presence of an ignition source, can result in a vehicle fire.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel rails with new parts, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 24Bi.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.