Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Chevrolet and Chrysler Announce Recalls
Several recalls have been initiated over the course of the past 30 days, affecting automobiles built in Europe and the United States. The most far-reaching of the safety campaigns touches on 168,275 vehicles built by Audi and Volkswagen. Specifically, the problem relates to models built between 2009 and 2012 that are outfitted with the brand's fuel efficient turbodiesel (TDI) drivetrain.
Although so far no accidents or incidents have been reported by drivers, Volkswagen has discovered that the fuel injector lines on these vehicles can become cracked due to a vibration caused by the injectors themselves. The crack can lead to fuel being dumped on the engine, which creates the risk of a fire. The solution to the problem is for Volkswagen to replace the injector lines with new ones made out of a more resilient material. Automobiles involved in the recall include the 2009-2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the 2010-2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI and the 2010-2012 Audi A3 TDI.