Volkswagen is conducting a voluntary recall on certain model year 2009-2012 Jetta and Jetta SportWagen and 2010-2012 Golf models equipped with the 2.0 TDI diesel engine over concerns about a leaking fuel injector.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site puts the number of affected units at 168,275, but this includes some Audi A3 vehicles also affected by the recall. Documentation from Volkswagen lists the number of Volkswagen vehicles affected as 161,144 and the number of Audi vehicles affected as 7,131.
The NHTSA notice says that the affected 2009-2012 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta SportWagen vehicles were manufactured from May 2008 through September 2011 and the affected 2010-2012 Volkswagen Golf vehicles were manufactured from May 2009 through September 2011.
The issue concerns a potential fuel leak from the number two fuel injector, which may be caused by vibration-related fuel line cracking. Any fuel leaks in the presence of an ignition source could lead to a fire.
Volkswagen says it is not aware of any fire, crash or injury caused by this defect.
As noted in TheCarConnection, Volkswagen has also issued a stop-sale notice to dealers, preventing them from selling Jetta, Jetta SportWagen and Gold models from model years identified in the safety recall until they have been inspected and repaired, if necessary.
As soon as sufficient parts of vibration dampers and number two injection lines are available, Volkswagen will notify owners of affected vehicles to make an appointment to bring their vehicles to an authorized dealer for the inspection and necessary repairs and replacement. This will be at no charge to the owner. The Volkswagen safety recall is expected to begin in November 2011.
In the meantime, owners of 2009-2012 Jetta and Jetta SportWagen and 2010-2012 Golf models equipped with 2.0 TDI diesel engines with any questions or concerns may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. Reference the Volkswagen safety recall number 23J9/V5.
Alternatively, owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Refer to the NHTSA Campaign ID No. 11V490.