Volkswagen Recalls Models With New 1.8-Liter Engines
Due to the risk of a fuel leak, Volkswagen is recalling certain 2014 model year cars equipped with new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The Volkswagen recall affects 2014 Jetta, Passat, Beetle, and Beetle Convertibles produced between February 1 and April 6 and equipped with torque-converter automatic transmissions. Apparently, the culprits are faulty O-ring seals in the transmission oil cooler. If the O-rings fail to seal between the oil cooler and transmission, a fluid leak may occur. According to recall information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the leaking transmission fluid could make contact with a hot surface and catch fire. Volkswagen says no fires, accidents, or injuries related to the problem have been reported. It is blaming the situation on a material change from a supplier. Although a total of 26,452 cars are affected, many of them are still on dealership lots. To remedy the issue for consumers, Volkswagen will replace the O-ring with a new one, at no cost to the owner. Customers can have the fix completed at a Volkswagen dealership. For more information on the recall, owners can call Volkswagen at (800) 822-8987 for recall number 38B9/9V. Or they can call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236. For complete info on all vehicle recalls in the U.S., visit www.safercar.gov. Source: Volkswagen, NHTSA
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