The firm is currently investigating possible defects in timing chain tensioning systems installed in certain VW models, including the following: Audi A3, A4, A5, Volkswagen CC, Beetle, EOS, Golf/GTI, Jetta, Passat, Sports Wagon, and Tiguan (the “Subject Vehicles”). This defect involves 2009 through 2012 2.0 TSI engines and Audi 3.2 or 4.2 Engines ,which are the VW/Audi primary four or six cylinder gasoline engine for the U.S. market during this time period. The tensioner one way ratchet/pawl design is supposed to allow the hydraulic tensioner pistons to only move outward from the tensioner body in steps to adjust for chain strength and chain rail wear. The design of this cheap metal pawlretainer chip is insufficient to keep the tensioner piston from being forced back into the body under certain conditions usually when the engine reaches 30-50,000 miles plus. It appears that the evidence demonstrates VW/Audi knew of the problem and there were at least four (4) redesigns of the tensioner as a result.
If you have any interest in speaking with an attorney at the firm about this matter, please contact Gary S. Graifman, Esq., Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C., at [email protected] 747 Chestnut Ridge Road, Suite 200, Chestnut Ridge, New York 10977 or via telephone: (800) 711-5258; or Fax: (845) 356-4335.