2018 Volkswagen Jetta, front view, driving

Volkswagen is recalling over 210,000 Jetta sedans from the 2016 through 2018 model years to repair a problem in which bolts in the engine may loosen over time, potentially leading to a fuel leak that could cause a fire.

Drivers may notice a fuel odor or see leaking fuel coming from the engine compartment, according to a document from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If this happens, VW says that owners should contact an authorized dealer immediately. The automaker also says that dealers are able to provide towing.

According to John Ibbotson, CR's chief automotive services manager, drivers who notice a fuel smell or leak in any vehicle should pull over immediately to a safe location and shut the vehicle off. "Never drive or run a vehicle that smells of fuel or is leaking," he says.

In an email to Consumer Reports, the automaker said it is not aware of any injuries, crashes, or property damage related to the recall. 

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 2016 through 2018 Volkswagen Jetta sedans manufactured between June 18, 2015 and Dec. 9, 2017.

The problem: The bolts that hold on the engine’s fuel rails—which deliver gasoline to the engine’s fuel injectors—were not tightened properly and may become loose over time. If this happens, fuel may leak from the fuel rails.

The fix: Volkswagen says it is still developing a remedy for the problem, but that it will at least involve tightening the fuel rail bolts. The recall is expected to begin on December 20, 2020.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by mail. They can also contact Volkswagen customer service at 800-822-8987.

NHTSA campaign number: 20V648. VW’s own number for this recall is 24GI.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and this recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

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