Volkswagen Recalls R8 Spyders Due to Engine Fire Hazard

Posted on August 12, 2011

Volkswagen AG announced that it is recalling model year 2010 and 2011 R8 Spyders due to an issue with a fuel line that poses an engine compartment fire hazard, report news sources.

According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the automaker said that a fuel line can rub against a heat shield in the engine compartment, and that, in rare cases, the rubbing could lead to a fuel leak, posing a fire risk. Information was not available regarding whether any complaints or reports of injury related to the issued have been lodged.

Subject to recall are 920 vehicles that were built from May 18, 2010 through June 22, 2011. The recall will most likely begin around August 22, and owners of the affected vehicle will be able to take their car to a dealership, where the fuel line will be inspected for damage and replaced if necessary. The inspection and repair service will be at no cost to vehicle owners.

Recently, the Spyder, which starts at $127,700, has been a bit of a media darling due in no small part to strategic product placements, like its role as Tony Stark’s ride in the movie “Iron Man 2.”

I hope no one has been harmed as a result of the fuel line issue. As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I encourage owners of the affected car to have their vehicle inspected and repaired once they are notified of the recall.

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