Volkswagen Group of America (VW) will recall more than 6,000 vehicles equipped with potentially leaky fuel pumps.
The Auburn-Hills, Michigan-based manufacturer sent the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on June 25, 2018 they will recall 6,633 2013-2014 Audi S8, 2015 Audi S8, 2015 Audi A8, 2015 Audi A8, and 2013-2014 Audi A8 vehicles built between June 27, 2012 and Oct. 21, 2014.
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The affected vehicles contain high pressure fuel pumps with supply lines that can become porous over time, letting fuel leak and increasing fire risk.
The company first received fuel leak reports in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to their recall chronology. Reports increased as 2017 began, and the company decided in May 2017 to collect affected components for further investigation. Engineers presented results to Audi’s Product Safety Committee showing the fuel lines became porous from the inside, allowing fuel leaks. The investigation continued, and while engineers haven’t yet determined a root cause Audi issued a safety recall on June 18, 2018.
Audi will notify owners and dealers will replace the fuel line free of charge. The recall will begin August 21, 2018. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 20AV. Concerned consumers can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to assist you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.