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2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Models Probed By NHTSA

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation into 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen models.

Seven complaints have been received to date about a leak in the fuel line to the number two fuel injector, which operates under extremely high pressure of up to 26,000 psi. While no accidents or injuries have been reported relating to this condition, leaking diesel fuel could be a source of combustion if it comes in contact with hot engine components.

While this defect investigation is specific to the TDI-powered Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta Sportwagen models, one of the reports came from the owner of a 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI. That makes sense, because the same engine is shared between the Volkswagen Jetta, the Volkswagen Golf and the Audi A3 TDI variants.

If the NHTSA does issue a recall, we’d expect the recall to include all 2011 model year vehicles equipped with the 2.0-liter TDI engine.

For the latest information on this investigation, visit the NHTSA’s Office of Defect Investigation web page.

[NHTSA, via Green Car Reports]

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  1. I find it difficult to think the fuel injectors can develope 26,000 psi. Can this be correct?
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  2. @Humdinger, the NHTSA reports the fuel line pressure as 1,800 bar or 26,000 psi. Doing the conversion, 1,800 bar works out to be 26,107 psi, so their figure isn't a typo.
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