WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) -- Volkswagen AG is recalling 377,286 cars in the United States, including Beetle and Jetta models, citing fire risk from fuel-supply lines that may chafe and leak.
Volkswagen is recalling Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Golf, Rabbit, New Beetle and New Beetle Convertible cars, it said in a letter posted Wednesday on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Web site.
“It's a voluntary safety recall,” said Kerry Christopher, a spokesman for Volkswagen at its U.S. headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. “There haven't been any reports of injuries or fires that have resulted from this.”
The recall applies to model years 2007 to 2009 of Jettas, Golfs and Rabbits and model years 2006 to 2010 of Beetles.
Some Jettas from the 2009 model year are also under investigation by the U.S. auto-safety regulator after it received reports of engines stalling without warning while the cars are moving.
VW has been able to gain ground on leader Toyota Motor Corp. in the race to become the world's largest automaker due to car safety issues at the Japanese giant. Toyota has recalled more than 15 million vehicles in the past year to fix problems. VW, currently No. 3 is global sales behind General Motors Co., wants to be the world's largest automaker by 2018.