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Uh-O-ring, VW's Voluntary Recall

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On: Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 12:28PM | By: Karen Cook

Uh-O-ring, VW's Voluntary Recall

My boyfriend’s mode of transportation in high school was a late 60s Volkswagen Beetle. If you moved the floor mats in the back you could see the road go by. It got great gas mileage but it ran only about half the time and needed constant mechanical upkeep. My boyfriend liked to work on it, but it was frustrating not to have the use of it when we needed it. One of our friends skirted this common problem by purchasing an extra engine. He had one in the frame running the car and one in the garage being repaired at all times. But those were simpler times and cars had simpler engines.

Volkswagen is voluntarily recalling 26,452 of its 2014 Jetta, Passat, and Beetle vehicles due to an O-ring problem. All the cars have a 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder automatic engine and were built between February 1st and April 6thof this year. Most of the affected vehicles are still on dealer lots and Volkswagen had issued a stop sale order earlier this year. Only 1,655 have been sold.

The faulty O-rings are located between the oil cooler and the transmission. The supplier of the part apparently changed the materials used to make the O-ring, which put it out of specification. Although there have been no fires, accidents, injuries or fatalities connected to the defect, it could cause a fluid leak if the O-ring does not seal properly.

Letters will be sent to owners of all 1,655 vehicles and VW will replace the defective part at no charge. Dealers are prepared to perform the replacement and owners make take their vehicles in with or without the notification.

If you happen to have an extra engine for your Volkswagen, check its O-rings!

Report Receipt Date:APR 15, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V182000

Manufacturer: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Volkswagen of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2014 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Passat vehicles equipped with a 1.8T engine and torque converter automatic transmission. In the affected vehicles, the O-ring seals between the oil cooler and the transmission may leak fluid.

The leaking transmission fluid could contact a hot surface and result in a vehicle fire.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the O-ring seals in the transmission oil cooler, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on April 16, 2014. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 38B9/9V.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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