Volkswagen is recalling a range of Audi and VW vehicles from the 2011-2013 model years. In documents posted to the Department of Transportation's website by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (PDF), it appears that those vehicles may suffer from fuel leaks, which could increase their risk of catching fire.
Specifically, the recall stems from faulty components in the fuel injection system, which was manufactured by Fa. Mahle Filtersysteme in Stuttgart, Germany. NHTSA says that general wear on the fuel rails and seals, paired with vibration of the vehicle that can occur while driving aggressively or on rough roads, can cause those components to fail, resulting in a fuel leak. And when there's a fuel leak, there's almost always an increased risk of fire.
The recall affects the following makes and models:
- 2012 Audi A6
- 2012-2013 Audi A7
- 2011-2012 Audi S4
- 2011-2012 Audi S5
- 2011-2012 Audi Q7
- 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
The recall affects 26,008 vehicles registered in the U.S. Volkswagen has received no reports of accident or injuries related to the problem, though several owners have complained about a fuel smell in the engine compartment.
Volkswagen says that it will begin mailing recall notices to owners no later than March 10, 2015. After receiving those notices, owners can take their vehicles to the appropriate Audi or Volkswagen dealer, who will replace the fuel rails and corresponding seals at no charge.
If you own one of the vehicles listed above and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Audi customer service at 800-822-2834 and ask about recall #24AP, or call Volkswagen customer service at 800-893-5298 and ask about recall #24BK. Alternately, you can contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15V019000.