Due to reports of engine stalls, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reviewing 97,272 Volkswagen cars equipped with 2-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engines. The affected models include the 2009 and 2010 models of the Volkswagen Jetta and Golf and the Audi A3 that are powered by TDI clean-diesel engines.
In a posting on its website Friday, the NHTSA said that it has received reports of one accident and 160 complaints from owners and the company about loss of engine power and stalling.
The agency said that the power loss and stalling was related to high-pressure pumps failing and contaminating the fuel system with debris. Around half of these reports involved stalling with “many of these alleging stall incidents at highway speeds in traffic with no restart.”
The NHTSA said that it got 52 of the complaints directly and the others from Volkswagen. The investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis, a step that could be followed by a recall.
Sheriece Matias, a U.S.-based spokeswoman for Volkswagen, said that the company is taking the matter “very seriously” and is fully cooperating with the agency. [via autonews - sub. required]