Updated at: 05/21/2013 6:36 PM
(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.
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