Fuel May Leak in Hot Weather
Engine, June 2, 2009
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Our Quick Take:
A problem with the fuel tank ventilation may allow fuel to leak in hot weather and under certain driving conditions. A fuel leak could lead to a vehicle fire in the presence of an ignition source.
What Should You Do?
We at RepairPal have designated this a high priority recall; the fuel may leak while driving. Please contact your Volkwagen dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
Under certain driving conditions and in hot weather, the fuel tank ventilation valve may not remain fully closed. If this happens, fuel may leak into the evaporative system, saturating the carbon canister and causing the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) to illuminate. This may cause vehicle jerking as well. Fuel could leak out from the evaporative system leak detection pump filter. A fuel leak could lead to a vehicle fire in the presence of an ignition source. Dealers will replace the fuel tank ventilation valve with an improved valve. The recall began June 2, 2009. The Volkswagen recall number is 20P6/S2.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
June 2, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected:
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING APPROXIMATELY 5,000 MY 2008 R32 (5TH GENERATION) VEHICLES. WHEN CERTAIN DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE ACCOMPANIED BY HIGH AMBIENT TEMPERATURES, THE FUEL TANK VENTILATION VALVE MAY NOT REMAIN FULLY CLOSED. IF THIS HAPPENS, LIQUID FUEL MAY ENTER THE FUEL TANK VENTING SYSTEM AND MIGRATE INTO THE EVAPORATIVE SYSTEM, SATURATING THE CARBON CANISTER. SHOULD THIS OCCUR WHILE DRIVING, THE VEHICLE MAY EXPERIENCE PERFORMANCE ISSUES (I.E., VEHICLE JERKING) AND THE MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (MIL) IN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER COULD ILLUMINATE. FUEL COULD LEAK FROM THE EVAPORATIVE SYSTEM LEAK DETECTION PUMP FILTER.
A FUEL LEAK, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD LEAD TO A VEHICLE FIRE.
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL TANK VENTILATION VALVE WITH AN IMPROVED VALVE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 2, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.
VOLKSWAGEN RECALL NO. 20P6/S2. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration