On Monday, April 21st, 2014, Volkswagen of America informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it will be issuing a voluntary safety recall on certain 2014 model year Volkswagen vehicles with a 1.8T engine and automatic transmission. VW says that no fires, accidents, injuries or vehicle fires have been reported.
The problem: according to VW, there is a problem with the automatic transmission oil cooler on certain 2014 model year Volkswagen vehicles with a 1.8T engine and torque-converter automatic transmission. If the O-rings do not completely seal between the oil cooler and transmission, a fluid leak may result. The issue is due to a supplier material change during the production of the transmission oil cooler.
Affected vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle Convertible vehicles produced between February 1, 2014 and April 6, 2014.
Number of vehicles affected: 26,452 units, of which 1,655 are customer cars.
The fix: VW will notify owners of affected vehicles and instruct them to arrange for an appointment with an authorized Volkswagen dealer. To fix the issue, Volkswagen will replace the defective O-ring with a new one. The repair will be performed at no cost to the customer.