Thread: Volkswagen announces voluntary recall for the new 1.8T engine with the automatic transmission due to defective O-ring
04-24-2014, 04:37 PM #1
Volkswagen announces voluntary recall for the new 1.8T engine with the automatic transmission due to defective O-ring
People tend to overblow recalls these days and recalls for faulty parts or software happen far more often than most realize. The new 1.8T motor has generally received praise and rightfully so as it is a solid design based on Volkswagen's tried and true EA888 four-cylinder architecture. There is no actual fault in the motor itself with but the 1.8T engines paired to the automatic transmission are susceptible to a fluid leak from the transmission cooler.
The reason for this is due to a supplier O-ring material change. Volkswagen is offering to replace the faulty O-ring free of charge as of course they should. This is not a life or death matter as no injuries or fires have been reported but if you have the motor it is smart to get this replaced sooner rather than later to prevent any potential issues.
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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