Safety Recall 24iD / Fuel Injectors – 2021-2022 Volkswagen Atlas FL & Atlas Cross Sport

April 13, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V245000

Missing Fuel Injector Filter May Cause Fuel Leak

Long fuel injectors with missing filters may leak fuel, increasing the risk of a fire.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V245

Manufacturer Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Components FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Potential Number of Units Affected 1,382

 

Summary

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Atlas FL and Atlas Cross Sport vehicles. The long fuel injectors may have been assembled without filters.

 

Remedy

Dealers will replace the long fuel injectors, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed June 10, 2022. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 24iD.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

 

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Issue:

In certain vehicles, the long fuel injectors may have been assembled without filter element. An injector built without filter element may leak, and fuel may enter into the engine compartment. Leaking fuel, in the presence of an ignition source, may increase the risk of a fire.

 

Precautions:

If the recall condition is present in the vehicle, customers may recognize a fuel odor or notice fuel leakage. Additionally, the check engine light may illuminate. If this happens, customers are advised to contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer without delay to have the vehicle inspected/repaired.

 

Repair:

  • REPAIR NOT YET AVAILABLE
  • Check daily campaign open inventory report or OMD for affected vehicles in inventory.

Affected Vehicles

Country Beginning Model Year Ending Model Year Vehicle Vehicle Count
USA 2021 2022 ATLAS 995
USA 2021 2022 ATLAS CROSS SPORT 386
CAN 2021 2022 ATLAS 92
CAN 2021 2021 ATLAS CROSS SPORT 65

 


Subject: Chronology for Volkswagen Recall 24iD – Fuel Injectors

 

Dear Mr. Owens:

 

Volkswagen hereby submits the following chronology associated with the subject recall.

 

Chronology of Defect

CW19/2021: During continuous field monitoring and analysis of claimed long injectors, an evaluation of the built date of long injectors showed a potential cluster in a specific time frame with parts built without filter element. Deeper analysis started.

 

CW19/2021 – CW25/2021: investigation with supplier about explanation of potential cluster of claimed parts. Root cause analysis initiated. The supplier informed Volkswagen that potentially one tray of long injectors may have been mishandled and that an unknown number of long injectors of this tray could have been assembled without filter element. Ongoing Field monitoring and parts analysis to verify information. At this time, the supplier was not able to quantify the potentially incorrectly assembled parts within the one tray.

 

CW25/2021 – CW39/2021: Evaluation of potentially affected long injectors of the suspected tray by field monitoring and analysis of field return parts. First indications of a second cluster with mishandling at the supplier. Field monitoring intensified in order to understand the rate of potentially affected parts.

 

CW39/2021 – CW44/2021: Field return parts were analyzed and assessment of quantity of further potential part failures started. The total number of potentially incorrectly built long injectors in the suspected production periods was still unknown.

 

CW44/2021 – February 2022: Root cause analysis confirmed that in certain production days, long injectors may have been built incorrectly without filter due to not following the according work procedures. Ongoing field monitoring and parts analysis in order to verify potentially affected production lots. Analysis of claimed parts to understand failure rate in suspected production lots and to evaluate potential risk.

 

February 10, 2022: Topic was presented to Volkswagen Pre Product Safety Committee. Further details regarding failure analysis requested.

 

March 09,02022: Topic was presented to Volkswagen Product Safety Committee. The committee requested a deeper evaluation of all warranty claims with a technical explanation of the claims.

 

April 06, 2022: Topic was presented to Volkswagen Product Safety Committee. There are two production periods where on certain days at the supplier the assembly of the long injector has not been followed the required work procedure. Therefore there is the risk that certain long injectors could have been manufactured without the filter element. This was confirmed with parts analysis of claimed parts from these 2 production periods. Specifically, 100 vehicles were identified that had replaced long injectors built during the 2 suspect time periods with missing filter elements. Volkswagen is unaware of any fire events that have been caused by this issue, and it believes there is a very low likelihood of such an event.  Nevertheless, given the evidence of a defined manufacturing anomaly, the chance that there may still be affected parts in the field that have not failed yet, and out of an abundance of caution, Volkswagen has decided to recall the vehicles that have received these potentially incorrectly assembled long injectors.

 


 

 


4 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS 2021-2022
VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS CROSS SPORT 2021-2022

 


4 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-22V245-1248.PDF 216.17KB

RCLRPT-22V245-1248

 


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-22V245-2324.pdf 645.403KB

RCAK-22V245-2324

 


Chronology

RMISC-22V245-1142.pdf 217.198KB

RMISC-22V245-1142

 


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – VOLKSWAGEN Date: April 25, 2022 Advance Notice – Safety Recall 24iD / Long Fuel Injectors

RCMN-22V245-8732.pdf 837.28KB

RCMN-22V245-8732

 


Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=22V245&docType=RCL

 


 

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