Last year was tough for automakers with one recall after another. Unfortunately, 2015 is starting out in much the same way with a new recall for three automakers to include Porsche, Audi, and Volkswagen.
In all, over 80,000 vehicles, as well as SUV’s around the globe are being recalled because of issues pertaining to a fuel leak. The specific vehicles involved include the Porsche, Panamera S and Cayenne hybrids made in 2011 and 2012. For Audi, the recall includes the 2012 A6, A7 made in 2012 and 2013, and the Q7, S4, and S5 from 2011 through 2012. As far as Volkswagen vehicles, the recall includes the 2012 Touareg hybrid.
However, according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), all makes with 3-liter V 6 engines are involved, All three brands are owned by Volkswagen and according to documents, there are production issues that in rare instances can cause small fuel leaks, as well as a problem when driving of vibration. At this time, there have been on fires or injuries reported but the company wants to err on the side of caution.
A spokesperson for Audi confirmed the recall, saying it affects vehicles worldwide, roughly 66% in China and the United States. When Volkswagen was asked for comment, a spokesperson said no global numbers were available. Both Porsche and Volkswagen in Germany were asked for comment but declined to make a formal statement.
However, US officials estimate 27,000 Porsche, Audi, and Volkswagen vehicles in the United States are being recalled. Initially, the problem was detected in March of 2013. At that time, customers began to complain of the smell of fuel. The NHTSA conducted an investigation but it was not until recently that the recall was made.
To correct the potential fuel leak problem, owners of the affected vehicles will be notified in March that fuel injector seals and rails replacements will be offered at no charge.