WASHINGTON — Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 26,008 vehicles, including the 2012-'13 Audi A7 and 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, because a fuel leak may increase the risk of a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"In the affected vehicles, the fuel-injection system may experience a fuel leak," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "A fuel leak in the injection system in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire."
There are no injuries, fires, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall, Audi of America spokesman Brad Stertz told Edmunds.
The automaker told federal safety regulators that a fuel smell will be noticeable to vehicle occupants if there is a problem.
Volkswagen and Audi dealers will replace the fuel rails and corresponding seals in the affected vehicles. The recall is expected to begin on March 10. Owners can contact Audi customer service at 1-800-822-2834 or Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.
Edmunds says: This recall will not begin for several weeks. If you notice a fuel smell in the meantime, contact your dealer immediately.