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Published: Friday, 2/11/2011

U.S. widens probe of Volkswagen engines

WASHINGTON — The government's highway safety agency expanded its investigation Friday into possible engine problems in 100,000 Volkswagen diesel cars.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 160 complaints and field reports about engines stalling or losing power. The reports involve 2009 and 2010 model year Jettas and 2010 models of the Golf and the Audi A3 with TDI clean diesel engines.

The safety agency said one minor crash has been reported related to a failure of a car's high pressure fuel pump.

About half of the reports describe engines stalling, with many stalls occurring at highway speeds in traffic. The investigation began in August.

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