Volkswagen Recalling More Than 84,000 Passat Vehicles Due to Fire Risk

Leaking grease from the recalled vehicles could contact a heated surface, potentially leading to a fire

Volkswagen Recalling More Than 84,000 Passat Vehicles Due to Fire Risk
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May 19, 2017

Volkswagen is recalling 84,262 model year 2012-2014 Passat vehicles equipped with diesel engines and Direct-Shift Transmissions (DSG).

The underbody heat shield on the affected vehicles may not be long enough to protect the right half-shaft grease boot from heat, potentially resulting in a grease leak.

If the leaking grease contacts a heated surface, such as the exhaust system and/or the diesel particulate filter (DPF), it could increase the risk of a fire.

Volkswagen will notify owners of the recalled Passat vehicles beginning in July 2017. VW dealers will then replace the driveshaft heat shield at no cost to vehicle owners.

For further details on this recall, contact Volkswagen customer service at (800) 893-5298—reference recall number 23W5.