Volkswagen has recalled more than 168,000 cars with diesel engines because of a defect in the fuel injectors that could cause fires, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall affects some 2010 to 2012 Volkswagen Golf and 2009 to 2012 Jetta models. Also affected are some Audi A3 models from the 2010 through 2012 model years. Volkswagen says cracks can develop in the fuel injectors of 2-liter diesel engines. Fuel can leak and could cause a fire. But the company says it doesn’t know of any fires or injuries from the problem. Volkswagen will replace the fuel injector line on one of the cylinders free of charge.
NHTSA had opened an investigation into the fuel leaks in August, but that inquiry was limited to the 2011 Jetta TDI. Even though Volkswagen described the recall as voluntary, under federal regulations once a manufacturer determines it has a safety problem it has no choice but to notify NHTSA within five business days of its plan for a recall or face civil penalties.
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