Volkswagen recalls Audi SUVs over fuel spill risk

Auburn Hills, MI – September 24, 2022 – Volkswagen (OTCMKTS:VWAGY) has issued a recall for 13,004 2021-2022 Audi Q3 SUVs due to a problem with the fuel tank vent pipe. A damaged vent pipe could lead to fuel spills and make it difficult to refuel the car.

The recall comes on the back of 192 warranty claims.

Recall summary

The vent pipe serves to relieve the internal pressure in the fuel tank when it is full.

In the affected vehicles, the vent pipe may have been damaged during assembly, allowing fuel to enter it. When pressure builds within the tank, this fuel could rise toward the fuel tank opening on the outside of the vehicle.

The component involved in this recall is the fuel tank, with part number 5QF 201 021 MD.

Recall risks

When the filler cap is opened, fuel might spill out, increasing the risk of injury. Fuel getting into the vent pipe could also cause the fuel pump to click off too early during refueling, which means the tank will not be completely filled.

 Other Volkswagen Audi recalls 

Previous Audi Q3 recalls for the 2022 model year addressed issues with the rearview camera image.

In April 2022, Volkswagen recalled 26,053 Audi vehicles over potential loss of engine power, as reported.

In August 2022, Volkswagen also recalled 49,443 Audi Q7 and Q8 SUVs over malfunctioning fuel pumps that could lead to incorrect fuel pressure, rough engine operation or fuel pump failure and stalling.  


Dealers will inspect the fuel system on the affected vehicles and, if necessary, replace the fuel tank and charcoal canister free of charge. Affected owners will be notified on or around November 4, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 13,000 Audi vehicles are affected by this Audi fuel tank recall. To see if your vehicle is included, run an Audi recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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