May 19, 2017—Volkswagen Group of America recalled 2012–2014 Passat vehicles that have a diesel engine and a direct-shift transmission.
The vehicle’s underbody-heat shield might not be long enough to protect the right-side halfshaft grease boot from heat, which might result in a grease leak. If leaking grease contacts a heated surface, it increases the risk of a fire.
Volkswagen Group of America will notify owners, and dealers will replace the drive-shaft heat shield for free. The recall is expected to begin in July 2017.
For more information, owners may call Volkswagen Group of America at 800/893-5298. Owners also may call National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888/327-4236 or go to safercar.gov.