Three Volkswagen Group notices in the US have seen more than 280,000 vehicles recalled for fuel leaks.
Models affected include the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3, A6, A7, Q5 and Q7.
Largest of the three notices is one concerning 143,214 examples of the Audi Q5 and Q7 SUVs, produced from 2009 to 2012 and 2007 to 20012 respectively.
Above: 2012 Audi Q5
The notice reads: “the fuel cap flange on the affected vehicles may crack, allowing fuel to leak”.
Second is the recall affecting the Volkswagen Golf – including the hatch, ‘SportWagen’ and GTI – along with the A3 sedan and cabriolet, all from the 2015 and 2015 model years.
An estimated 110,042 vehicles are affected by this notice, with the recall involving “a problem with the suction pump inside the fuel tank”, which could result in fuel leaking into the evaporative emissions system and through the charcoal canister.
Above: 2013 Audi A6
Finally, the third recall affects 28,249 vehicles from the 2012-13 Audi A6 and A7 lines, where fuel could leak from a degrading hose in the engine compartment.
Owners of the affected vehicles in the US will have the faulty parts replaced at their local dealer.
It appears the issue does not affect local models at the moment, though the company’s local arm is paying close attention to the issue.
Above: 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Speaking to CarAdvice, Paul Pottinger, general manager for corporate communications at Volkswagen Australia, said: “We’ve had no indication that our vehicles are affected, but obviously we are monitoring the situation closely”.
We have also reached out to Audi Australia for further comment, and are awaiting a response.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for an update.
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