The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched safety defect investigations into two vehicles, the 2011-2012 Ford Mustang, and the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and Jetta Sportwagen TDI.
According to NHTSA data, the manual transmission in the Ford Mustang could jam and prevent drivers from shifting into gear. Though no accidents or injuries have been reported, there have been 32 reported cases where drivers merging onto highways or turning left across traffic couldn’t shift into gear, which “could result in a temporary loss of motive power.” NHTSA says about 26,000 2011-2012 Ford Mustangs could be affected.
The safety agency is also launching an investigation into the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI. Seven customers have reported that diesel fuel leaks from the number two fuel injector. The affected vehicles had between 2470 and 7764 miles on their odometers when the leak was discovered. NHTSA says there has also been one report of the issue occurring on a Volkswagen Golf TDI. The investigation affects about 40,000 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI models. Again, no accidents or injuries have been reported.
Defect investigations can lead to a recall if NHTSA believes there is a sufficient safety risk to car owners. Other times, the investigations are closed and no action is taken.