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.