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Volkswagen Recalling 26K Cars for Fire Risk

April 17, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat photo courtesy of Volkswagen.
2014 Volkswagen Passat photo courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen of America is recalling 26,452 2014 model-year Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible and Passat vehicles so dealers can address a potential transmission fluid leak that poses a fire risk, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

The recall covers vehicles equipped with a 1.8T engine and torque converter automatic transmission. In these cars, the O-ring seals between the oil cooler and the transmission may leak fluid. If the leaking fluid contacts a hot surface, a fire could result, NHTSA said.

Volkswagen dealers will replace the O-ring seals in the transmission oil cooler, free of charge.

Vehicle owners can reach Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 38B9/9V.

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