Volkswagen is recalling nearly 74,000 model-year 2004-07 Touareg SUVs equipped with gas-powered engines. This does not involve Touareg’s with diesel engines.
VW says the fuel filter flange may crack over time and allow fuel to leak out, increasing the risk of a fire. This is an expansion of a previous recall from March of this year. You can read the NHTSA recall notice here.
Dealers will inspect the fuel filter flange and replace it if cracks are found. If no cracks are found, a protective cover will be applied to the fuel filter to prevent cracks from forming.
Right now, Volkswagen says parts aren’t available. But owners can expect to get a notification of the recall beginning Nov. 19. They’ll get a second letter when parts become available for a fix. Owners can call the automaker, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit NHTSA’s recall site to check VIN numbers.