Illinois Volkswagen owners should be aware of a recall issued by the company covering CC and Passat models. The German car maker announced a recall of nearly 281,000 cars because of problems with their fuel pumps. According to documents filed by VW, the computer that controls the fuel pump can lose power, stopping the flow of gas to the engine. The same problem can also cause the fuel pump to continue running even when the vehicle has been shut off.
The recall covers Volkswagen CCs from model years 2009 through 2016 and Passats from 2006 through 2010. VW says there have been no reports of injuries or accidents in the U.S. resulting from the fuel pump problem. The company intends to notify car owners in October and follow-up later, when computers are available to replace the originals. VW dealers will change out the computers for the drivers and move them to reduce heat and mechanical stress.
Authorities in China investigated the issue in that country in 2016. According to VW filings with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it was the investigation in China that led to the CC and Passat recalls in the U.S. A spokesperson for VW did not know how many vehicles were recalled in China or elsewhere in the world.
Vehicle malfunctions can lead to serious problems. Those who are injured in car accidents due to defective or malfunctioning equipment may want to meet with an attorney who has experience in representing victims of defective products in order to see what recourse might be available.