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2012 Volkswagen Passat, Routan: Recall Alert


2012 Volkswagen Passat

2012 Volkswagen Passat

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Volkswagen is conducting two voluntary safety recalls involving small numbers of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat mid-size sedan and the Routan minivan.

2012 Volkswagen Passat

2012 Volkswagen Passat

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2012 Volkswagen Passat recall

The larger of the two recalls is for certain 2012 model year Volkswagen Passat sedans equipped with 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel engines. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at just 153. Affected vehicles were built at the Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant from January 2011 through June 2011.

At issue is a fuel filter element that may not seal correctly in affected vehicles. The NHTSA bulletin goes on to say that over time, or after driving certain distances, these vehicles are susceptible to fuel leakage. In the presence of an ignition source, leaking fuel may lead to a fire.

Documentation from Volkswagen (PDF) indicates that the automaker is not aware of any fire, crash or injury caused by this issue. Furthermore, no other Volkswagen vehicles built for the U.S. market with 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel engines are affected because they are built with a fuel filter from a different supplier.

The remedy in the Passat recall is that Volkswagen will notify owners and dealers will replace the diesel fuel filter elements, at no charge. The Volkswagen Passat safety recall, No. 20R7/W3, is expected to begin during May 2012. Owners with questions may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.

Alternatively, owners of 2012 model year Volkswagen Passat sedans involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V146000.

2012 Volkswagen Routan

2012 Volkswagen Routan

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2012 Volkswagen Routan recall

Only 15 units have been identified as potentially involved in the second of the Volkswagen recalls just announced. According to the NHTSA bulletin corresponding to this safety recall, the affected 2012 Routan minivans were manufactured from November 15, 2011 through November 21, 2011.

The problem here is that the right rear hub and bearing assemblies may not have been machined correctly in the affected vehicles. This could lead to decreased durability which may result in the wheel falling off and an increased crash risk.

Volkswagen will notify owners of the affected Routan minivans and dealers will replace the right rear hub and bearing assembly at no charge. The Routan safety campaign, No. 42G3/W2, is expected to begin during April 2012. Owners with questions may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.

Alternatively, owners of 2012 model year Volkswagen Routan minivans involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V147000.

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