Volkswagen fans, we have good news and bad news.
The bad news is that Volkswagen has issued a recall for two of its 2012 models -- the Passat and the Routan.
The good news is that both recalls are fairly small, affecting less than 200 vehicles all together.
The 2012 Passat recall is the bigger of the two, affecting diesel models built between January 18, 2011 and June 1, 2011. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those vehicles may have come with a diesel fuel filter element that doesn't seal correctly. If that's the case, diesel can leak from the fuel system over time, and any time there's a fuel leak, there's a risk of fire.
Volkswagen has said that it will send out notices to the owners of the 153 affected vehicles beginning in May. At that time, owners will be able to take their Passats to a Volkswagen dealer, who'll replace the diesel fuel filter elements free of charge.
If you have questions about the Passat recall, you can call Volkswagen at 800-822-8987 and ask about recall #20R7/W3, or ring NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about campaign #12V146000.
The 2012 Routan recall only affects 15 vehicles manufactured between November 15, 2011 and November 21, 2011. The NHTSA bulletin states that the right rear hub and bearing assemblies on those units may not have been properly machined. Over time, wear and tear on the assemblies could cause a wheel to separate from the vehicle, which would dramatically increase the risk of a crash.
Volkswagen will begin notifying Routan owners about this recall later in April. At that time, they'll be able to take their vehicles to a local Volkswagen dealer, who will replace the right rear hub and bearing assemblies free of charge.
If you believe you own one of the affected Routans and have questions about the recall, we encourage you to call Volkswagen at 800-822-8987 and ask about recall #42G3/W2. Or, if you prefer, you can contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask for details about campaign #12V147000.