Many will remember Volkswagen’s attempt to cover up the emissions data surrounding its diesel engines. The Environmental Protection Agency cited the German auto manufacturer for violating the Clean Air Act in 2015, and the cost of the scandal is estimated to be over $33 billion. Now it looks like the automaker is at the center of two investigations.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced there were gas leaks from the area near VW’s 3.6-liter engine fuel injectors. This potential engine defect would impact nearly 215,000 vehicles, including 191,000 Atlas SUVs from models years 2018 to 2020. The NHTSA says there were three reported complaints of fuel leaks with an additional 11 field reports of leaks. Some claim that the leaks literally spewed fuel into the engine compartment, which increases fire risk when the fuel hits hot engine components. Owners should contact their dealer immediately if they smell gas when they are inside or in proximity to their vehicles.
Complaints of stalling
There are also 58 complaints against Audi (VW’s luxury brand). This involves the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged stalling without warning on highway or city streets. This issue involves more than 23,000 Audi A8, S6, S7, S8, and RS7 manufactured between 2013 and 2016. Some complaints have identified the cause of the turbos’ failure as lack of oil flow.
There is no recall at this time, but those who own these vehicles should double-check to ensure that this is not an undiagnosed problem in their model. They should contact the dealer if they think there is a problem.