Earlier this month, Nissan and BMW issued simultaneous recalls affecting nearly 100,000 U.S.-registered vehicles. In both cases, the underlying problem was a faulty fuel pump made by German supplier, Bosch.
Now, the Bosch recall has expanded to include thousands of additional vehicles from a completely different car company, Volkswagen. The German automaker has recalled Volkswagen Golf, GTI, and Audi A3 vehicles from the 2015 model year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the problem with these VW and Audi vehicles is identical to that underlying the Nissan and BMW recalls: contamination and debris within the fuel pump. In a defect report, NHTSA says that:
"On some vehicles, contamination due to improper nickel plating of certain subcomponents within the fuel pump may cause excessive pump friction, potentially resulting in an inoperative fuel pump.... If the fuel pump becomes inoperative due to this condition, it may result in a no-start condition or a stall while driving without warning, and without the ability to restart the engine. An engine stall without warning while driving can increase the risk of a crash."
Thankfully, Volkswagen knows of no accidents or injuries associated with the problem. The recall affect some 6,204 VW and Audi vehicles registered in the U.S. and potentially more abroad.
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Volkswagen hasn't told NHTSA when it will begin mailing recall notices to customers, but the defect notice suggests that the automaker is waiting for sufficient numbers of replacement parts to arrive. When owners receive those recall notices, they'll be able to take their vehicles to a Volkswagen or Audi dealer, who will inspect and replace affected fuel pumps at no cost.
If you own one of these vehicles and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Volkswagen at 800-893-5298 or Audi at 800-253-2834. You can also call NHTSA directly at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15V229000.