Volkswagen to put special fuel caps on 209,415 diesels to prevent wrong fuel use

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.