In the States and Canada, Volkswagen is in the process of recalling around 334,000 Volkswagen and Audi branded vehicles due to fuel leaks attributed to several different causes, US safety regulators announced on Friday.
As yet, there have been no reports of injuries suffered as a result of these issues. A spokesman for the company, Jeannine Ginivan, said that whilst the fuel leaks could potentially increase the risk of fire, there have been no fires reported.
Affected models are petrol versions of the 2009-2012 model year Audi Q5 SUVs, and 2007-2012 Audi Q7 SUVs; petrol versions of 2012-2013 Audi A6 and A7 sedans; as well as all engine types of 2015-2016 VW Golf, VW SportWagen, VW GTI, and Audi A3 sedans and Audi A3 Cabriolet.
Around 83% of the affected vehicles are registered in the US; the company has not said whether cars in countries outside North America are affected, nor how much the recall is likely to cost. This is an unwelcome new development for VW in a period where the German carmaker is especially vulnerable. Following in the wake of the emissions scandal, which has cost the company tens of billions in court cases and fines, the recall of the sizable affected North American fleet will not come cheap.