2012-'14 Volkswagen Passat TDI Recalled for Fire Risk | Edmunds

2012-'14 Volkswagen Passat TDI Recalled for Fire Risk


WASHINGTON Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 91,000 2012-'14 Volkswagen Passat sedans equipped with TDI diesel engines because of a fire risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Due to improperly assembled wire seals in a connector for an under-body sensor, water may enter and corrode the electrical connectors of the sensor, causing an electrical short," NHTSA said in its recall summary. "An electrical short can cause the electrical connectors of the sensor to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire."

There are no injuries or accidents linked to the recall, Volkswagen spokesman Mark Gillies told Edmunds.

In a document filed with federal safety regulators, Volkswagen said in November 2015, "the production plant reported events with overheated electrical connectors and isolated under-body vehicle fires to Volkswagen's product safety committee."

Volkswagen dealers will inspect the connector and replace it, if necessary. A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.

On March 25, Volkswagen sent a letter to its dealers and said it is working on a list of affected vehicles.

Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should expect to receive a recall notice within 60 days, according to federal regulations. Those with an immediate concern should contact their dealer now.

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