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VW, Audi and Porsche in fuel recall

Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche are recalling more than 93,500 cars and SUVs across the world to fix fuel leak problems.

The recalls cover the Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg hybrid from the 2012 model year, the Audi A7 from 2012 and 2013 and the Audi Q7, S4 and S5 from 2011 to 2012.

All the vehicles have three-litre V-6 engines, according to documents posted by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The documents also show a separate but similar recall from Porsche covering the Cayenne and Panamera S hybrids from 2011 to 2012.

Volkswagen, which owns all three brands, says vibration during driving and production issues can cause small leaks in rare cases. VW and Audi said they were not aware of any fires or injuries caused by the problem.

An Audi spokesman in the US said about 80,000 of its vehicles were being recalled worldwide - about two-thirds in the US and China. A VW spokesman in Germany said only a few hundred of its cars were involved because the recall included only one VW model. An exact number was not provided.

Porsche said it would recall about 13,500 cars worldwide. All have engines supplied by Volkswagen and Audi.

About 27,000 VW, Audi and Porsche vehicles are being recalled in the US, according to the documents.

The problem was discovered in March 2013 when customers complained of a fuel smell, according to the NHTSA documents. VW investigated and decided on January 12 to recall the vehicles.

VW will contact owners in March and its dealers will replace the fuel injector rails and seals for free.


From Belfast Telegraph