Volkswagen has announced a recall that covers more than 218,000 Jetta sedans sold in the United States for potential fuel leaks that could cause fires. According to a report in The Daily Mail, the recalled vehicles are from the model years 2016 to 2018 with the 1.4-liter engines constructed for those cars built between June 18, 2015 and Dec. 9, 2017. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released documents sharing the root of the problem – high-pressure tubing bolts that can come loose over time. This could allow fuel to leak which could lead to a fire.
The automaker says it is not aware of any fires or injuries as a result of this auto defect. NHTSA says complaints about the problem have been made ranging from smelling fuel to engine leaks. Consumers are encouraged to go to their Volkswagen dealer if they smell fuel or believe the engine is leaking. Volkswagen does not currently have a fix for this problem although they expect to be able to notify owners of a remedy by Dec. 20, less than two months away.
This is not the first recall Volkswagen has recently faced. In December, Green Car Reports noted more than 2,100 2013 to 2015 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid vehicles were recalled because of a transmission issue that could result in a loss of driving power. Just last month, a recall for almost 5,000 Volkswagen vehicles was issued for a backrest problem that could result in serious injury in the event of a crash.
Auto Product Liability Issues
Fuel leaks are extremely dangerous because they have the potential to cause vehicle fires. As the vehicle owner mentioned in his complaint to NHTSA, this is a vehicle defect, which has the potential to take a life and cause catastrophic injuries. If you have been injured as the result of a vehicle defect or a recalled vehicle, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses by filing an auto defect claim.
If you have lost a loved one to a vehicle defect, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation as well. In such cases, it would be in the best interest of injured victims or families who have lost loved ones to contact an experienced auto defect lawyer who will help them hold the negligent automaker accountable and secure maximum compensation for their losses.