Volkswagen has issued a recall for 26,000 vehicle powered by their 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This follows a stop-sale order that was issued for these same vehicles earlier this month.
The Volkswagen recall affects 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle Convertibles produced between February 1, 2014 and April 6, 2014 only. Although Volkswagen says that 26,452 vehicles are affected by the recall, only 1,655 are customer cars.
The problem comes due to a supplier material change that occurred during the production of the transmission oil cooler that has caused the O-ring seals to be out of specification. If the O-rings do not completely seal between the oil cooler and transmission, then a fluid leak may occur as a result.
The fix is a simple one, with Volkswagen replacing the defective O-ring with a new one at no cost to the customer. No fires, accidents, injuries or vehicle fires have been reported as a result of the O-ring problem. Volkswagen will notify owners of affected vehicles who will then be instructed to schedule a service appointment to have the repair made at no charge.
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.