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Volkswagen's massive recall in US

By SYF77 on 23 Dec 2010

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Volkswagen AG has just issued a recall of nearly 380,000 cars due to the potential for fuel leaks which could lead to a fire.

According to The Detroit News, A total of 266,936 Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Golf and Rabbit models from the 2007 to 2009 model years are affected,. In addition, 110,350 new Beetle models (both hardtop and convertible) are also at risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued an official recall bulletin:

"The Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Golf and Rabbit vehicles may have a small plastic tab located on the windshield washer fluid reservoir that may chafe against an underhood fuel supply line. The New Beetle and the New Beetle Convertible vehicles may have a fastening clamp on a hydraulic hose of the power steering system that may be located in an improper position which could cause chafing against an underhood fuel supply line."
In both instances, chafing could result in a fuel leak, which in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.

NHTSA states that dealerships will either remove the plastic tab from the windshield washer fluid reservoir. In the case of the New Beetles, the position of the fastening clamp will be inspected. Both services will be free of charge to the owners.

I have a strong feeling that the Jettas all over the world will be affected since the location of the plastic tab and fuel supply line should be universal. I hope I am wrong though as I do not wish to have my life endangered.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Elijahritz Jan 29 2011 11:21 AM
This is quite an intriguing topic. I hope that this recall was just in time before anyone would have an accident because of this faulty plastic tab in the washer reservoir. With this recall, the engineers of Volkswagen should double their effort and time in checking all the parts before releasing the cars again to ensure the safety of their consumers and avoid any crucial accident. They should also take this recall as a lesson for the Volkswagen engineers in order to avoid repeating the same mistake again in the construction of their cars.
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