Recalls of any kind are the last thing Volkswagen needs right now, especially when they involve fuel leaks that are all fire hazards. In this case, VW is issuing three separate recalls for three different fuel leak issues, none of which have replacement parts available yet. In all, the recalls impact 281,000 vehicles across the VW and Audi brands.
Audi Q7, Q5 Crossovers
Recall number one involves 143,214 2007-2012and 2009-2012 crossovers. In this instance, part of the fuel filler flange might crack. If that happens, fuel can leak onto the ground, resulting in a fire hazard. Diesel models aren’t included in this recall, just gas-powered variants.
Audi doesn’t know why it’s happening. But the automaker plans to replace the damaged flanges if cracks are found, plus install rubber bands to protect the fuel pump. Parts should become available in November.
Audi A6, A7 Sedans
Another recall involves 28,249 2012-2013and sedans. These models have an under-hood fuel pump hose that might spring a leak. Not good for fire safety, either. Audi discovered this issue after receiving warranty claims.
Audi will need to replace the fuel pump and hose when replacement parts will be available. But Audi isn’t sure when that is yet. The problem apparently stems from when Audi changed the fuel pressure inside the hose back in 2012.
The final recall covers 110,042 2015-2016 Volkswagen, and along with the 2015-2016 Audi A3 and A3 Cabriolets. It only involves vehicles in states with partial zero-emissions requirements.
Due to a problem with the suction pump inside the fuel tank, gas may flow into the evaporative emissions system and flood the charcoal filter. Owners will notice either fuel leaks, a lingering smell of gas inside the car. The other telltale sign is for gas station nozzles to stop prematurely.
Volkswagen will replace the suction pump in question when parts become available.