Volkswagen has recalled 2012, 2013, and 2014 models of the Volkswagen Passat TDI--but not for the reason you might think. Although those diesel models are equipped software designed to cheat on emissions tests--a problem that's still without a solution--today's recall stems from a very different problem involving the Passat's electrical system.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some wire seals on 2012-2014 Passat TDI vehicles may not protect wiring connectors from moisture. The seals in question are associated with an underbody sensor and could allow the connectors to corrode over time. That corrosion can cause a short, which, in some cases, can lead to a fire.
The recall affects roughly 91,000 Passat vehicles registered in the U.S.
Volkswagen will mail recall notices to owners, asking them to take their vehicles to dealerships for service. Dealers will inspect the connector and replace it, as necessary, at no charge to owners.
If you believe that you own one of these vehicles, you're encouraged to contact Volkswagen customer service at 800-893-5298 and ask about recall #23T3. You can also call NHTSA directly at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V171000.
As for the fix for the Passat TDI's emissions software, stay tuned. News on that could arrive around April 21.