Volkswagen Passat Diesel Fire Hazard – Over 90k Units Recalled

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The TDI diesel engine from Volkswagen has more problems that cheating emissions tests. In the US, the automaker is recalling 91,000 Volkswagen Passat units of model years 2012 to 2014 that run on TDI diesel engines due to a fire hazard.

As per the recall summary by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the danger of the vehicle catching aflame stems from faulty wire seals.

“Due to improperly assembled wire seals in a connector for an under-body sensor, water may enter and corrode the electrical connectors of the sensor, causing an electrical short, … [which] can cause the electrical connectors of the sensor to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.”

Late last year, this problem was already identified by Volkswagen in one of its production plants for vehicle.

Luckily, there haven’t been any instances of accidents, injuries, or fatalities resulting from this safety risk.

While an exact date for the recall hasn’t been disclosed, those that are potentially affected by this risk should expect it to commence soon. In the dealers’ hands, the vehicles involved will have their connector checked and if the fault is found, the part will be replaced.

Source: Edmunds