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Volkswagen to put special fuel caps on diesels

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May 21, 2013 06:29 PM EST | AP


DETROIT — Volkswagen is replacing the fuel tank covers on more than 200,000 of its diesel vehicles sold in the U.S. and Canada to remind owners to fill their tanks with diesel – not gasoline.

The company said Tuesday it's taking action after getting a small number of reports of drivers filling diesel tanks with gas. Using the wrong fuel can damage the engine.

Volkswagen will alert affected customers. Dealers will put on a new fuel cap with yellow "Diesel" lettering for free.

The company says the service action involves 209,415 vehicles, including the Jetta and Jetta SportWagen from the 2009-2012 model years and the Golf TDI from the 2010-2012 model years. Around 9,000 Audis also are affected.

Volkswagens from the 2013 model year have the new gas caps and aren't affected.