Volkswagen Suspends Sales Of Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Jetta, Passat

April 10, 2014

If you're in the market for a new Volkswagen, your choices just got a little slimmer: according to Detroit News the automaker has ordered dealers to stop selling some 2014 models of the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Jetta, and Passat.

The stop-sale only affect vehicles that (a) are equipped with VW's 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine and (b) were manufactured after February 1, 2014. Roughly 25,000 vehicles meet those criteria, half of which are still in showrooms, the other half of which have been sold.

The problem with those vehicles stems from a faulty O-ring associated with the transmission fluid line. In certain cases, that O-ring can fail, allowing transmission fluid to leak out and creating a fire hazard. To date, however, VW knows of no fires or other incidents associated with the flaw.

VW is working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to repair the affected vehicles. Fixing those that are still parked at dealerships should be easy enough, but repairing the 12,500 or so that already roam the roads may require an official recall.

If you believe that you own one of the affected vehicles, Volkswagen encourages you to contact your local dealer. If a full recall is issued, you should be directly notified by Volkswagen. 

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