Touran driver suffers from burns: VW recall

When refueling, gaseous fuel suddenly escapes, a driver suffers burns. VW is now recalling some Touran models. This is not the first problem.

As parts of the tank could rust and, in the worst case, burst, Volkswagen is bringing around 21,000 natural gas-powered Touran models to its workshops as a precaution. According to data from the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), safety-related tests in Germany cover just over 8,300 seven-seater vehicles.

According to VW information on Wednesday, individual vehicles can experience unnoticed corrosion on the rear two of the four gas cylinders, which cannot be seen from the outside during routine checks, with long-term weakening of the material and “worst case scenario. “sudden escape of the CNG mixture


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Therefore, the affected cars should be intensively scrutinized, he said in Wolfsburg. The problem was found during “thorough quality checks” and was now being written to the owners.

The Touran driver suffered burns

In April, a Touran driver in the East Frisian town of Wittmund suffered burns to his legs when gaseous fuel suddenly leaked from a storage tank while being refueled. The cars would now be closely inspected and the gas cylinders would be temporarily deactivated or replaced if necessary. These are CNG variants of the Touran from model year 2006 and between 2010 and 2015.

This is not the first time that there are problems with the tanks or cylinders in VW natural gas models. A previous swap campaign was also carried out for the corresponding editions of the Passat and Caddy, where the wall thickness could drop below a critical level due to rust. In Duderstadt, Lower Saxony, a bottle exploded in 2016 and seriously injured the driver. Several groups of gas stations have therefore recommended that their stations temporarily stop selling natural gas.

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