Volkswagen of America Inc. said Friday that it was recalling about 47,000 Passat sedans and wagons from the 2003 model year because of potentially faulty fuel pumps that could lead to stalling engines. The recall also affects 20,000 models of the 2003 Audi A4 and 7,000 models of the 2003 Audi A6. Audi AG is a unit of Germany-based Volkswagen AG.
Volkswagen said it initiated the recall when it found that a potentially faulty fuel pump could malfunction and cause the engine to stall. The automaker said in the event of a stalled engine, the Passat can be maneuvered by using the brakes and steering. The recall involves Passats with 1.8 liter or 2.8 liter V6 engines; A4s with 1.8 liter or 3.0 liter engines and A6 models with 3.0 liter engines. The models were built from September 2002 through March 2003.
Also, Ford Motor Co.'s Jaguar unit said it was recalling about 2,675 models of the 2006 XJ sedan because the moonroof may shatter. The company said in a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the moonroof glass may shatter when the door is closed or when the vehicle is operated. There have been no reports of injuries, reported AP.
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