Three automakers, Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche, are recalling more than 80,000 cars and SUVs worldwide to fix fuel leak problems that could lead to a fire. All three brands are owned by parent company Volkswagen.
The recalls cover the 2012 Audi A6 and Volkswagen Toureg hybrid, the 2012-2013 Audi A7, and the 2011-2012 Audi Q7, S4 and S5. All the vehicles have 3-liter V-6 engines, according to documents posted Tuesday by U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Also, the documents show a separate but similar recall from Porsche covering 2011-2012 Cayenne and Panamera S hybrids for a similar problem.
The U.S. documents show about 27,000 VW, Audi and Porsche vehicles are being recalled in the U.S.
A fuel leak in the injection system in the presence of an ignition source, increases the risk of a fire.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel rails and corresponding seals, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 10, 2015. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-822-2834 or Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen’s numbers for this recall are 24AP for Audi customers and 24BK for Volkswagen customers.