Volkswagen Recalls Over 261,000 Cars in the U.S.

Volkswagen Group is conducting a major recall affecting more than 261,000 vehicles in the United States to address a potential fuel leak issue that could result in an increased risk of fires.

Affected Models

The recall includes specific Audi A3s, Volkswagen Golfs, and GTIs manufactured between 2015 and 2020. Additionally, certain 2015-2019 Golf SportWagens and 2019-2020 Volkswagen Jettas are part of the recall. All identified vehicles feature front-wheel drive.

Fuel Leak Concern

According to documents released by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday, Volkswagen has identified a problem with a pump seal that may cause fuel to leak from a charcoal canister within the emissions-control system. The leaked fuel poses a potential fire hazard.

Resolution Plan

Past Recalls

This latest recall represents the second instance for numerous car owners affected. In 2016, Volkswagen recalled approximately 110,000 vehicles due to the same issue. However, subsequent investigations revealed that the replacement pumps used in the initial recall were also susceptible to failure.

Safety Concerns

Following 79 customer complaints regarding fuel leaks, U.S. safety regulators initiated an investigation into the matter last year. Volkswagen reported processing 1,410 warranty claims related to this issue between May 2016 and December of last year, noting that no incidents of fires have been linked to the problem.

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