A US auto safety regulator is opening an investigation into Volkswagen’s (ETR:VOWG_p) Golf and Audi A3 and 447,000 vehicles over reports of fuel leaks in the cars. The investigation will check whether the cars were subject to a 2016 recall by the company. The issue of fuel leakage has been adequately rectified.
According to a statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 79 complaints related to fuel leaks or related problems in the 2015–2020 model year Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen.
In these complaints, some owners reported fuel leaks in the rear right area of the vehicle, the fuel tank. Fuel leakage was reported near the filler door and rear right wheel well.
Based on this complaint, VW recalled 110,000 Golf and A3 vehicles in 2016 to address a potential fuel leakage problem at the suction jet pump inside the fuel tank and promised to completely correct the defect.
But NHTSA had no immediate comment after it said recently that VW is investigating the 2016 recall to assess the remediation repair effectiveness and review potential safety issues.
In 2022, VW issued a warranty extension for the fuel tank suction jet pump in 2015–2020 Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf and 2019–2020 Jetta GLI vehicles. This warranty extension includes replacement of the fuel tank with an improved suction jet pump in the affected vehicles.