Volkswagen Group of America Inc. has stopped the sale of approximately 25,000 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible and Passat vehicles due to a possible transmission oil cooler leak. This came shortly after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) acknowledged its separate recall of 150,000 Passats. The automaker has asked its dealers to immediately halt the sale of about 25,000 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible and Passat vehicles that have a 2014 model year and are equipped with a 1.8-liter engine and automatic transmission. The cars were made after Feb. 1 of this year, according to the automaker.
Volkswagen says that it “found an O-ring [mechanical gasket] that connects to the automatic transmission cooler to be defective.” According to the company, it will replace the faulty O-rings with new ones. It has notified NHTSA about the defect. Separately, NHTSA’s Recall Management Division said in a letter to Chris Sandvig, general manager of compliance at Volkswagen Group of America, that it had acknowledged the automaker’s notification of a recall of 150,201 Passats that had a 2012-2013 model year and were sold in the U.S. and Canada.
In those cars, manufactured January 2011 through November 2012, the low beam headlight bulb may become loose and lose electrical contact, according to NHTSA. The letter from NHTSA said: “A loss of low beam headlights may reduce the driver’s visibility and increase the risk of a crash.” VW said no fires, accidents or injuries have been reported related to either the automatic transmission oil leak or headlight bulb issues. The recall, which adds to a growing list of car defects this year, is expected to start this month.
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