VW to refit 261,100 diesel units in the US to prevent gasoline misfueling

Article by Anita Panait, on May 23, 2013

Volkswagen will refit over a quarter million diesel cars – covering 2009-20012 model years -- with misfueling guard and fuel filler neck cap to prevent North American customers from mistakenly pumping gasoline into their fuel tanks. VW’s service action involves 209,500 cars in the United States and 51,600 in Canada.

Affected units are the TDI versions of the 2009-2012 Jetta, 2010-2012 Golf and 2009-2012 Jetta SportWagen, which is known as Golf Wagon in Canada. The carmaker sent a notice to VW dealers last week, saying that it will start notifying customers of the service campaign on May 28, 2013.

Automotive News managed to obtain a copy of the notice, which says that as diesel engine passenger vehicles become more popular, there is also an increase in the number of misfueling cases, in which diesel engine units are mistakenly filled with gasoline. The notice continues that the resulting fuel system contamination could result to costly repairs not covered by warranty.

VW will pay for authorized dealers to add the misfueling guard and fuel filler neck cap to affected vehicles. Starting with 2013 models, VW redesigned its fuel fillers to accept only diesel nozzles, which are now larger than gasoline nozzles.

As a result, the fuel tank gate will stay closed if a driver tries to gasoline nozzle instead of a diesel nozzle. VW has been a strong proponent of diesel-fueled models in the US.

Online message boards indicate that improper fueling has become an occasional source of tension between VW and vehicle owners, since fueling a TDI model with gasoline voids its warranty. According to VW spokesman Tony Cervone, the problem roots from the unfamiliarity of American consumers with diesel fuel.

Topics: vw, united states

If you liked the article, share on:

Pin It

Comments

Recommended

Daimler AG, through its Smart division, has disclosed that its two electric models, the Smart ForTwo and the Smart ForFour are now open for orders in Germany. Official market launch...
by - March 25, 2017
Lamborghini has officially offered clear proof that the Huracán Performante was able to set a new record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time of 6:52.01 It was in early...
by - March 25, 2017
Top Gear has revealed that for its “Stars in a Reasonably Fast Car” segment, it will now be using a slightly enhanced Toyota GT86, which in the U.S. market is...
by - March 24, 2017
Porsche is laying aside any plans of pushing another hybrid hypercar into their line-up -- at least not at this time. Oliver Blume, Porsche Global Chief confirmed in a recent...
by - March 24, 2017
Since 1993, Lexus has produced 4 generations of the Lexus GS, with the GS F amongst its newest member of the family. Unfortunately, rumors are also heating up that the...
by - March 24, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries