Volkswagen announced today that it will recall 377,286 cars in the United States! The recall includes Beetle and Jetta models, citing fire risk from fuel-supply lines that “may chafe and leak”.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Web site, the recall will also include the Jetta SportWagen, Golf, Rabbit and the New Beetle Convertible cars.
The good news is that there haven’t been any reports of injuries. “It's a voluntary safety recall,” said Kerry Christopher, a spokesman for Volkswagen U.S.
Furthermore, the recall includes model years 2007 to 2009 of Jettas, Golfs and Rabbits and model years 2006 to 2010 of Beetles.
According to AutomotiveNews, some 20009 model year Jettas are also under investigation by the U.S. auto-safety regulator, after NHTSA received reports of engines stalling without warning while the cars are moving.
For those who don’t know, Volkswagen is currently No. 3 automaker in the world, but it has big plans in becoming world's largest automaker by 2018. The second place is currently held by General Motors, while Toyota is currently the leader.
Toyota recalled more than 15 million vehicles in the past year to fix problems, most of them related to unintended acceleration. [via autonews - sub. required]