Customer complaints regarding fuel odor in the engine compartment of certain Audi and Volkswagen vehicles will have approximately 26,000 owners returning to their dealership for repairs. According to reports, a combination of production tolerance issues combined with vibrations during dynamic driving, could result in a fuel leak in the fuel injection system. There have been no reports of accidents or injuries as a result of this safety defect, but a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could result in an engine fire.
The vehicles affected by this problem include:
- 2012 Audi A6
- 2012-2013 Audi A7
- 2011-2013 Audi Q7
- 2011-2013 Audi S4
- 2011-2013 Audi S5
- 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
The fix for this defect includes the replacement of the fuel rails and corresponding seals. For more information about the problem, owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-822-2834 or Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen’s numbers for this recall are 24AP for Audi customers, 24BK for Volkswagen customers, and the NHTSA campaign number is 15V-019.