BERLIN (AP) _ Volkswagen said Friday it is recalling some 290,000 diesel vehicles worldwide to carry out checks on their fuel pumps.

The automaker said it was contacting owners of vehicles with three- or four-cylinder diesel engines that were built between March and August of this year. The recall affects the Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda brands, the company said.

Volkswagen said a defect during the manufacturing process of a bolt on the cover of the fuel pump could, ``in isolated cases,'' lead to the bolt breaking _ possibly resulting in a leakage of diesel fuel.

The company said that some 290,000 vehicles were affected worldwide, about 90,000 of them in Germany.