German multinational automaker VW Group has issued no less than three recalls of various models. Most of the recalled Volkswagen cars are gas-powered Volkswagen and Audi models.
The recall was applied only to North American vehicles, 83% being registered in the United States. The rest of the cars have been recalled in Canada. The first two recalls do not include diesel-powered variants of the models.
The first recall addresses a flanged fuel filler problem for the Audi Q5 and Q7 SUVs, built previously to 2012. The car part is considered prone to fissuring and could produce dangerous fuel leaks.
The second recall was also made out of a fear of fuel leaks. The models regarded are Audi A6 and A7 sedans, built between 2012 and 2013. This time, it’s the fuel pump that could cause leakage. The main concern is that fuel spills are very likely to start fires.
The third recall applies to both diesel and gasoline engines of the models Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen SportWagen, Volkswagen GTI, as well as two models of Audi A3, the sedan, and the cabriolet. These are all new vehicles, built between 2015 and 2016.
The trouble with the latter is the evaporative emission system, which can also lead to fuel leaks.
Although the recalled Volkswagen cars should have their problematic parts replaced without any expense from the owners, there is a certain shortage of parts. This applies especially to the older Audi models, built before 2012. The company informs that those parts should become available as soon as November.
The VW Group did not say whether or not it plans to issue recalls for cars sold outside North America, although it is not unlikely to happen. Some of the defect components were made in Germany by Alfmeier Präzision. Until now, there were no recorded accidents linked to the faulty parts.
Around a total 334,000 vehicles are being called back, making it the company’s biggest recall since the 2015 emission scandal. At that time, the VW group admitted to selling 11 million cars worldwide, all equipped with a software that was meant to deceive emission testing.
Since then, Volkswagen has adopted a more eco-friendly stance on car manufacturing. The automaker plans to release around 50 electric or hybrid models until the year 2030.
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