2012 Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen announces recall of 2012 Routan and Passat models

VW is recalling select Routan minivans for a wheel defect and certain Passat sedans over a potential fire risk.

Volkswagen has announced the recall of certain 2012 Volkswagen Routan minivans and Passat vehicles for wheel assembly and fuel system issues respectively. The Routan recall involves 15 vehicles manufactured from November 15, 2011 through November 21, 2011. Affected Routan minivans may contain right rear hub and bearing assemblies that were not fully machined. The consequence of this faulty assembly is wheel separation, which may increase the risk of a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that Volkswagen will begin the Routan recall this month. Defective Routan models will receive a new right rear hub and bearing assembly, free of charge.

As for the Passat, the safety recall involves 153 units built from January 18, 2011 through June 1, 2011. The NHTSA states that these Passat vehicles were built with an improperly sealed diesel fuel filter. The defective fuel assembly may make the Passat vulnerable to fuel leakage, which may lead to a fire. Volkswagen will begin the Passat recall next month and owners will receive a diesel fuel filter for free.

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