10,200 Audi A3 and TT Models Recalled
The notification released by the carmaker on the NHTSA website stated that “Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2010 Audi A3, TT, and TT Roadster passenger vehicles manufactured between September 29, 2005 and August 25, 2009.”
It appears that it concerns a spring that holds the fuel tank ventilation valve closed and which under "extreme driving conditions," might not be strong enough to prevent gasoline from leaking out.
“The closing force of an internal spring of the fuel tank ventilation valve is not adequate enough to hold the valve closed under extreme driving conditions possibly allowing fuel to leak,” the safety recall stated.
The direct consequence of such problem would be that the vehicle could catch fire, which makes this recall an extremely important one. “In the presence of an ignition source, a vehicle fire could occur,” the notification said.
Just as expected, the solution provided by the manufacturer means no extra costs for the owners, as the remedy to this problem will be granted for free throughout October. “Volkswagen will notify owners and Audi dealers will replace the fuel tank ventilation valve with an improved valve free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during October 2009.”