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Volkswagen Passat TDI Recall 12V146000

Potential Diesel Fuel Leak

Recall Details

Vehicles equipped with a diesel engine may have been assembled with a fuel filer that may not seal correctly. This could result in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the diesel fuel filter to correct this concern. The Volkswagen recall number is 20R7/W3.

Our Quick Take

Vehicles equipped with a diesel engine may develop a fuel leak from the fuel filter, increasing the risk of a fire.

What Should You Do?

Volkswagen will notify owners of affected vehicles during May, 2012. If you notice a fuel leak, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Engine, April 4, 2012

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
April 4, 2012
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
153
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
12V146000
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL

Summary
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 PASSAT VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 18, 2011, THROUGH JUNE 1, 2011. DURING ASSEMBLY, THESE VEHICLES WERE BUILT WITH A DIESEL FUEL FILTER ELEMENT THAT MAY NOT SEAL CORRECTLY.
Consequence
OVER TIME, OR AFTER CERTAIN DRIVING DISTANCES, THESE VEHICLES ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO FUEL LEAKAGE. LEAKING FUEL, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, MAY LEAD TO A FIRE.
Remedy
VOLKSWAGEN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE DIESEL FUEL FILTER ELEMENTS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.
Notes
VOLKSWAGEN’S SAFETY RECALL NUMBER IS 20R7/W3. CUSTOMERS 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.
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