Volkswagen Refits Diesel Models To Prevent Misfueling


  • 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Picture

    2012 Volkswagen Jetta Picture

    VW will refit 2009-'12 diesel cars to prevent customers from mistakenly pumping gas instead of diesel fuel into the tanks. | May 22, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Volkswagen will refit the diesel versions of the 2009-'12 VW Jetta and Jetta SportWagen and the 2010-'12 VW Golf in the U.S. to prevent customers from mistakenly pumping gasoline into the fuel tanks.
  • The "service action" covers 209,500 cars in the U.S. and 51,600 cars in Canada.
  • The service action in Canada covers the 2009-'12 Volkswagen Jetta and 2010-'12 Golf and Golf Wagon.

HERNDON, Virginia — Volkswagen of America will refit the diesel versions of the 2009-'12 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta SportWagen and the 2010-'12 Volkswagen Golf in the U.S. to prevent customers from mistakenly pumping gasoline into the fuel tanks. The "service action" covers 209,500 cars in the U.S. and 51,600 cars in Canada. The service action in Canada covers the 2009-'12 Volkswagen Jetta and 2010-'12 Golf and Golf Wagon.

"This is a case of a small percentage of customers mistakenly fueling their diesel with gasoline," wrote Scott Vazin, a Volkswagen spokesman, in response to a query from Edmunds. "The part we're adding is a 'misfuel guard assembly kit' that includes a guard, collar, fuel flap and a new fuel cap with yellow DIESEL lettering."

Vazin noted that all diesel 2013 Volkswagens have this update already.

The redesigned fuel fillers will accept only diesel nozzles. Gasoline nozzles are smaller than those for diesel cars.

The affected vehicles are not being recalled.

Edmunds says: Volkswagen will pay for dealers to add the kit, so customers just have to make arrangements to bring in the vehicles.

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