Transmission Leaks and Fire Risk

Turns out VW had a good reason for issuing a stop sale on some 2014 models last week: they were catching on fire. The manufacturer recognized a potential safety defect, stopped selling cars, found the problem and issued a recall, all within a month – see how that’s done, GM?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), O-ring seals in some VWs can leak between the oil cooler and the transmission. Once flammable transmission fluid hits a hot surface only bad things can happen.

The recall affects the 2014 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Passat equipped with the 1.8T engine and an automatic transmission. Owners should see a notice in the mail soon at which point they can bring their cars in to have the O-ring seals replaced.