WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- German automaker Volkswagen is recalling 37,979 cars sold in 2014 and 2015 due to a defective sealing cap that could potentially leak fuel into the engine and start a fire.
The recall affects Jettas, Passats and Beetles from the 2014 and 2015 model years as well as 2015 Golf and GTI hatchbacks.
Volkswagen's statement on the recall is as follows:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Jetta vehicles manufactured March 28, 2014, to November 24, 2014, certain 2014-2015 Passat vehicles manufactured April 7, 2014, to November 18, 2014, certain 2015 Golf and GTI vehicles manufactured July 1, 2014, to November 20, 2014, and certain 2014-2015 Beetle and Beetle Convertible vehicles manufactured March 31, 2014, to November 27, 2014. A sealing cap at the fuel rail may fail, allowing fuel to leak into the engine compartment.
As the recall does not affect all vehicles manufactured during the period of time in question, owners of Volkswagens with defective sealing caps will be individually alerted by their dealership.
The recall, issued in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is the second for late model Volkeswagens issued today alone.
Earlier on Wednesday, Volkswagon and the NHTSA recalled 25,007 2015 Jettas over a headlight control module that may switch off the vehicle's low-beam headlights when the driver switches on its high beams.