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Volkswagen Beetle Recall 14V182000

Oil Leak and Potential Vehicle Fire

Recall Details

Certain 2014 Volkswagen models equipped with the 1.8T engine and an automatic transmission are being recalled. A fluid leak can develop from a defective o-ring on the oil cooler where it mounts to the transmission. In some instances, the leaking transmission fluid could contact a hot surface resulting in a fire. Dealers will replace the oil cooler seals at the transmission to correct this concern.

Our Quick Take

A transmission fluid leak could result in a vehicle fire. 

What Should You Do?

Volkswagen began notifying owners of affected vehicles beginning April 16, 2014. If you don't receive notification and believe you should have, please contact your Volkswagen dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Volkswagen recall number is 38B9/9V.

Drive Train, April 15, 2014

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
April 15, 2014
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
26,452
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
14V182000
Component
Transmission Oil Cooler Line

Summary
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.
Consequence
The leaking transmission fluid could contact a hot surface and result in a vehicle fire.
Remedy
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.
Notes
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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