Volkswagen AG is broadening a recall for a fuel pump defect that can cause fires to include nearly 300,000 Porsche and Audi vehicles. The fuel pump flange on some Porsche Macan models, as well as Audi Q5 and Q7 SUVs, might crack and cause a fuel leak and possibly a fire, according to documents dated May 3 and posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. There are about 240,500 Audis and 51,500 Porsches included in the expanded recall. Those comprise Audi Q5s made between July 2012 and March 2017, as well as Q7s made between May 2012 and July 2015.
For Porsche, the recalled cars are Macan S and Macan Turbo vehicles from years 2015 to 2017. The recall will start July 2 and consumers can bring their cars to a dealership, where a protective film will be applied to the fuel pumps. The pumps will be replaced if there are cracks.
This past fall, Volkswagen recalled about 281,500 VW and Audi vehicles in the U.S. in three separate campaigns over fuel pump issues. The largest of Volkswagen AG’s three recalls concerned more than 143,000 model year 2009 to 2012 Audi Q5 and 2007 to 2012 Audi Q7 SUVs with gasoline engines that may develop cracks in the filter housing of the fuel pump, which is part of the fuel cap flange. “Our investigations do not show a distinct cause of the fissures,” Volkswagen said in its safety recall report to NHTSA. “However, we do have indications for an outside contamination by a liquid material corroding the structure of the flange,” VW added.
Audi first became aware of the problem in fall 2015 when NHTSA began to receive an increased number of reports of fuel smell or leaks in Q5 and Q7 vehicles. Additional testing located the source of the problem. One of the recall campaigns covered 110,000 2015 and 2016 Volkswagen Golf, SportWagen and GTI models and Audi A3 sedans and A3 cabriolet vehicles of all engine types. According to Volkswagen, the issue stems from a possibly compromised suction pump. Normally, the pump is designed to remove fuel from the engine’s evaporative emissions system, but the fault causes fuel to flow directly into the system instead. In this instance, fuel could accumulate in the system and leak through the charcoal canister filter element, causing a fire in the presence of an ignition source. Volkswagen said at the time the faulty suction pumps were caused by a manufacturing issue, and the automaker will replace them free of charge. The smallest of the recalls covered more than 28,000 2012 and 2013 model year Audi A6 and A7 sedans with gasoline engines with fuel hoses that may break down over time, causing a fuel leak. Audi said the pumps lost pressure and became porous for unknown reasons.
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