Volkswagen has issued a stop sale on several models in the US while the automaker waits for parts to repair a transmission fluid leak. About 25,000 cars with the EA888 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission are covered under the stoppage, which includes models of the Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle Convertible. All of the affected models were built after February 1.

According to VW, an O-ring that links the transmission cooler to the gearbox can leak and potentially start a fire. Mark Gillies, VW US Product and Technology Manager, told Autoblog that there haven't been any reports of fires, crashes or injuries caused by the problem. Some of the cars were sold to consumers, but the company is still working to figure out exactly how many.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the company expects to have the correct part in two weeks or less and repairs should take about 30 minutes. "We're trying to fix it as quickly as possible," Gillies told Autoblog.


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      Michael Carvey
      • 8 Months Ago
      So Volkswagen discovered what sounds like a material issue with a part from a supplier two months after the first part was put in. Once the part had some use, an issue shows up, the company immediately responds, and provides an immediate solution (replace the defective part). General Motors has an issue with a part, decides not to do anything about it for over 10 years, and only reacts once people die and the US Government decides to intervene. And because they waited so long, now they have to manufacture over a million parts, plus face multiple lawsuits. Time to really let Volkswagen have it for being such a out of touch company!
      Chsutera
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm starting to think automakers are having an honest to god race to see who can have the most defective vehicles.
        carguy1701
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Chsutera
        I think that because such a big deal has been made (and rightly so) about the GM ignition switch, people are paying more attention to recalls than before. Or maybe there's something in the water.
      knightrider_6
      • 8 Months Ago
      That's the power of German engineering
      James Hedland
      • 8 Months Ago
      The a3 is not affected since it uses a different gearbox. I think its neat that Volkswagen is constantly pro-active about this type of thing. They issue a recall, or campaign when THEY see something needs to be addressed, unlike Toyota and GM, who have to see people dying left and right because of their incompetence and greed. The government and peoples deaths shouldn't be the only cause for a recall. Kudo's to VW for being upfront and honest, and handling this asap. 3rd party suppliers are the life-blood of any car manufacturer, but its the manufacturer's job to make sure those products are up to par. In this case, they are not up to par for VW's and they said hey, lets do something about it. (Hardly anything to scoff at, but seriously.. its an O-ring.)
      knightrider_6
      • 8 Months Ago
      Are the rebadged versions of Jetta, Passat, Bettle (A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, TT) affected by this recall?
      carguy1701
      • 8 Months Ago
      Ruh roh Raggy.
      AronD
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm shocked, shocked there's gambling in Casablanca !
      what
      • 8 Months Ago
      I wonder if the Audi A3 is affected. I know I drove a 1.8t at the launch event I went to. Although, not sure if the VWs use the DSG gearbox like the Audi does, or a conventional automatic.