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Volkswagen has followed up on a stop-sale order from earlier this month, announcing a voluntarily recall of 26,400 vehicles that are powered by the brand's 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The new mill replaced the despised 2.5-liter five-cylinder in the Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle Convertible last year. Weirdly, though, of the 26,452 units covered in the recall, only 1,655 are customer vehicles.

According to VW, the affected models were built between February 1 and April 6 of this year, and feature bad O-ring seals in the transmission oil cooler. Apparently, the faulty O-rings could cause a fluid leak, as they won't seal between the oil cooler and transmission. VW is blaming a material change from a supplier for the problem.

There have been no fires, injuries, accidents or fatalities relating to this issue, which VW will be fixing free of charge. Customers will need to report to dealers to have the O-rings replaced.

Take a look below for the official press release from Volkswagen.
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VOLKSWAGEN ISSUES VOLUNTARY RECALL
Apr 21, 2014

Herndon, VA (April 21, 2014) - Volkswagen considers the safety and satisfaction of its consumers and passengers as a top priority. As such, Volkswagen of America today notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it will be issuing a voluntary safety recall affecting the automatic transmission oil cooler on certain 2014 model year Volkswagen vehicles with a 1.8T engine and torque-converter automatic transmission.

The recall affects 26,452 model year 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle Convertible vehicles produced between February 1, 2014 and April 6, 2014. Of the 26,452 affected vehicles, 1,655 are customer cars. Due to a supplier material change during the production of the transmission oil cooler, the O-ring seals in affected vehicles are out of specification. If the O-rings do not completely seal between the oil cooler and transmission, a fluid leak may result.

To fix the issue, Volkswagen will replace the defective O-ring with a new one, at no cost to the customer. No fires, accidents, injuries or vehicle fires have been reported. Volkswagen will notify all owners of affected vehicles and will instruct them to arrange for an appointment with an authorized Volkswagen dealer.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 630 independent U.S. dealers.


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      Aaron Wyatt
      • 1 Year Ago
      And it smells terrible. Had a 6 speed Audi come in that somehow got drained and trans was locked up. Think ashtray and gear oil mixed and set on fire.
      tracy.delano
      • 7 Months Ago

      I live in mass and was up visiting in up state maine . While driving around my 2014 passat 2014  was shifting badly .. On our way home had to stop at vw in Bangor . They checked it out and had to replace the o rings because the transmission fluid had all leaked out 

      hokkaido76
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's is a recall out for vw cars/components????? NO WAY!!!!!!!! /s/
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hokkaido76
        Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight, because the Japanese totally don't have recalls...
        Christopher Anderson
        @hokkaido76
        At least they did it voluntarily as soon as they found out, instead of years later at the NHSTA's demand.
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      But but but but , German engineering.
      Brad Holman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really find it funny that on all the car websites that have covered the VW recall, in the comments section it's all the same. "omfg you guise, vw had a recall. unreliabliitiyz lolol....". But every single car manufacturer has recalls. EVERY ONE OF THEM. To sit there and point and laugh at VW for catching a problem before hardly any of them were sold is amazing. GM, took them years to even acknowledge any issue and people died. Toyota has tons of recalls every single year but they're still seen as "reliable" even when they're accelerating when they're not supposed to or catching on fire. In the end, I know that trolls will be trolls and I'm probably just feeding the trolls
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brad Holman
        You know...like almost everywhere on the net the hate is strong on here. People complain if they do recalls. They complain even more if they don't. It is a good thing a car manufaturer manages something like this in a responsible way, especially since it most likely seems to be a supplier problem.
        waterfallhunter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brad Holman
        That is why I have to like the VW Company. They do their best to find and fix any problems before they ever hit the Dealers Lots. Most are found at the different ports that get the cars ready to ship to the Dealers. This one was found at the Port of Brunswick Ga..
      United
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like VW is very insecure & scared of Hyundai/KIA.
      hemusbull
      • 1 Year Ago
      So the new 1.8T went into the same category as the old one - troublesome power plant. From about ten years ago when it began mainly with faulty ignition modules (on each cylinder) until now it has chronic problems. On the bright side is the TDI engine with its longevity and fuel efficiency...
        what
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hemusbull
        One recall for a minor issue that was cost early does not make a motor "troublesome".
          what
          • 1 Year Ago
          @what
          cost = caught.
          Christopher Anderson
          @what
          Exactly. I have a 1.8T with 198,000 miles (almost all with increased boost) and it runs great and has good compression on all cylinders. Hell, the turbo lasted 192,000 miles of 20+ psi. The only recurring failures I've had are from the crappy plastic VW used for the coolant system.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hemusbull
        This new 1.8T has NO relation to the old one. petaQ
        waterfallhunter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hemusbull
        So far the power plant has shown no problem or the tranny for that matter. it is only the wrong O-Rings on the Heat transfer unit.
          J
          • 1 Year Ago
          @waterfallhunter
          Never speak logically to those with a middle-school mindset.
      scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      not everyone despised the 2.5
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      that "despised" 2.5 inline 5 was at least reliable and sounded great.
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another reason to only buy manual transmissions. You could completely drain the fluid and still shift reasonably well.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        Also, I'm pretty sure any mechanical device that requires fluid for lubrication will **** the bed when starved of said fluid.
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        Any transmission requires oil for lubrication. Modern manuals have much tighter tolerances than ones from 20 years ago. No fluid = broken gear boxes and laughter from the dealerships.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll put off getting my new car until everybody gets this recall dishonesty out their systems.
      funguy6713
      • 1 Year Ago
      I believe that the VW TDi engine is probably the only things that has been consistently reliable in VW's engineering basket...If I ever buy another VW again it will only be a TDi with 4-Motion...
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