Volkswagen is recalling almost 6000 vehicles across its Golf, Passat and Arteon lines as leaking brake fluid could result in a vehicle fire.

    “Due to a manufacturing issue, the heat shield between the brake master cylinder and the exhaust may have been incorrectly fitted,” the company says in its recall notice.

    “As a result, a connection to the brake fluid reservoir could melt. If this occurs, brake fluid may leak on to a hot exhaust there which could lead to a vehicle fire.

    “A vehicle fire could increase the risk of injury or death to vehicle occupants, other road users and/or damage to property.”

    • A total of 5997 vehicles are affected from 2019-23
    • The VIN list is attached here
    • The original recall notice is attached here

    If you own an affected vehicle, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with a Volkswagen dealership to have the vehicle inspected and rectified, free of charge.

    If you have any further questions, you can contact Volkswagen Group Australia on 1800 504 076.

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    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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