German automaker Volkswagen has declared a recall of 2, 81,000 vehicles to repair the issue of faulty fuel pump. Though the recall figures are less than the count of 11 Million cars which were recalled due to emission scandal, the company is trying to keep the present recall confidential to avoid the impact on its image. This also included 600,000 vehicles in the U.S.
The automaker informed the U.S regulators that it has concluded to recall 2006-2010 Passat, Passat Wagons, and 2009–2016 CC premium sedans to fix the fuel pump problem.
The company in a letter to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) mentioned that disruption of electrical power that goes the fuel pump control module may lead to fuel pump crash, resulting in fuel pump failure and engine freeze. This increases the ratio of the risk factor in terms of accidents.
Volkswagen spokesman stated that so far there is no accident or injuries reported due to the defective part. The cost of part replacement is yet to be estimated.
The company affirmed that it will carry out the replacement of defective fuel pumps at zero cost, thus there is a shortage and unavailability of new parts from diverse vendors than OEMs. The carmaker came across the fault post investigation of Chinese authorities introduced in April 2016, which led to recall in the country in this month.
The automaker is still striving to recover from the emission scandal controversy that came into the picture in 2015.The company was charged brutally owing to installing diesel cars with defective installations to escape the emissions tests. Volkswagen promoted its diesel vehicles as clean but practically it discharged 30X permitted limits of nitrogen oxide, which is a prime air pollutant during normal driving.
The company’s concerned board members were found guilty under the charges of “dieselgate” and were made to pay penalties of $4.3 Billion plus $17.5 Billion for civil settlements. Volkswagen still witnesses legal complications in its home country Germany and around the world. It has also kept aside some more funds, approximately $24.4 Billion to wrap the cost.