Early last month, Volkswagen recalled nearly 38,000 cars due to potential fuel leaks that could cause a fire. That recall is now being expanded, with the auto maker more than doubling the number of recalled cars with a new nearly 45,000 vehicles being encompassed. The news comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which revealed all the details in a new bulletin, showing it received the report from Volkswagen on January 23. The same models recalled last month are included in the new recall.
A total of 44,658 cars are being recalled under this expansion, and it encompasses the 2015 Golf and GTI, as well as the 2014/2015 VW Passats, Beetle, Jetta, and Beetle Convertibles — the same models and model years that were posted under the original recall.
The issue revolves around the fuel rail sealing cap, which could be faulty and fail. If it does fail, the fuel may then end up leaking within the engine compartment, where it could then potentially ignite and cause a fire. Notifications to affected owners should be going out any time now.
We’ve seen several automotive recalls already this year, with Jeep, Nissan, Subaru, and more all having issued notices for upcoming recalls. This follows last year’s brutal recalls spanning all variety of auto makers, and will likely lead into a year with even more recalls, according to the NHTSA.