Volkswagen initiated a voluntary recall of 159,884 vehicles powered by the company's TDI Clean Diesel engine. The automaker says engine vibrations in Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen and Golf models could cause fuel line cracking which could result in a fuel leak. VW says they are not aware of any accidents or injuries resulting from the problem.

The recall includes Jetta and Jetta Sportwagen models built from May 2008 through September 2011 and Golf models manufactured from May 2009 to September 2011. Documents submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) also reveal that more than 7,000 Audi A3 TDI models manufactured from September 2009 to September 2011 are included in the recall, although neither company has officially announced a recall of the A3.

Volkswagen expects less than 1% of the recalled vehicles to actually contain the defect.

Volkswagen will begin notifying owners of the affected vehicles in November, at which time they can schedule an inspection and repair at an authorized VW dealer. All vehicles with the TDI engine will have dampers installed to mitigate engine vibration. Additionally, fuel lines will be inspected and replaced if necessary. All repairs will be free of charge.

Models affected in this recall have been the subject of previous recalls. NHTSA shows at least four other recalls affecting one or more of these models, although this is the first specifically addressing diesel-powered vehicles. Previous recalls have addressed issues with the Volkswagen DSG transmission, driveshaft defects, burn hazards from the exhaust system and a fuel leak issue on gasoline models.

For more information contact Volkswagen Customer Care at 1-800-822-8987 or visit safecar.org and search for this recall using campaign ID 11V490000.

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Nick Palermo is an automotive writer and lifelong car nut. He follows new and late-model used vehicles for AutoTrader.com, writes about vintage cars for Hemmings Classic Wheels and blogs on all things automotive at LivingVroom. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and twins.

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