NHTSA Closes Investigation Into Fuel Injector Leaks On VW’s Atlas And Atlas Cross Sport Models

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) has closed an probe into a substance injector leak contented impacting 2018-2020 Volkswagen Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport SUVs.

The probe was opened connected March 29, 2021 aft allegations that the substance injectors were leaking substance adjacent motor compartment components that run astatine precocious temperatures. Consumers asserted that a substance leak, substance odor, and/or illuminated cheque motor malfunction indicator airy was alerting them of the issue.

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Vehicles that were investigated included those with VW’s 2.0-liter and 3.6-liter VR6 engines. An investigation from VW concluded that the ‘long’ injectors utilized connected cylinders 1, 3, and 5 of the VR6 necessitate an hold tube to scope the cylinders. It was concluded that a leak could beryllium triggered by a damaged, misaligned, oregon missing supporting ringing oregon a damaged O-ring.

The German car shaper aboriginal revealed that the immense bulk of leaking allegations were related to ‘internal’ leaks wherever substance could leak into the cylinder, triggering a misfire. However, it says that substance would not participate into the motor compartment and that ‘internal’ leaks airs nary unreasonable hazard to safety.

It was besides concluded that lone 2 failures were reported extracurricular of the vehicle’s warranty sum play and that the nonaccomplishment complaint was astir 0.8 incidents per 1000 vehicles. There person been nary reported fires, crashes, injuries, oregon fatalities related to the issue, prompting the ODI to adjacent its probe into the issue.

Importantly, the closure of the Preliminary Evaluation does not mean that a safety-related defect doesn’t beryllium and the bureau tin instrumentality further enactment “if warrantied by caller circumstances.”

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