Volkswagen Issues Stop-Sale Order and Recall Within 24 Hour Span
The stop-sale order affects certain 2014 Jettas, Passats, and Beetles; the recall is for 150,201 Passats with potential low beam headlight issues.
Yesterday, Jalopnik reported that it obtained a dealer memo stating that issued a stop-sale order for 2014 Jettas, Passats, and Beetles equipped with 1.8T engines built after February 1st and mated to automatic transmissions for a potential transmission oil cooler leak. There is no indication as to how many vehicles are affected by the problem, which can lead to a seized transmission and, if GM’s latest truck recall is any indication, the possibility of fire.
As we’ve come to find out with recalls and safety issues in 2014, it no sooner starts sprinkling before the sky opens up and the deluge comes forth. This morning, a different Volkswagen recall was issued for 150,201 Passats from the 2012 and 2013 model years and manufactured between January 2011 and November 2012. The issue concerns a low beam headlight bulb that could become loose and lose electrical contact, and was first reported on back in March.
According to the NHTSA’s recall notice, the loss of a low beam headlight would lead to reduced visibility and an increased risk of crash. As with all recalls, owners will be contacted so that they make take their vehicles to certified dealers in order to have the bulb holder replaced for free.
The recall is expected to begin next month, and owners may feel free to contact Volkswagen (1-800-8228987, recall number 94G8/7V) or NHTSA (1-888-327-4236/1-800-424-9153/www.safercar.gov).
Whether a recall will also be issued for the 2014 Jettas, Passats, and Beetles remains to be seen, though a stop-sale order is almost always a precursor to such an event. All of the 1.8T engines in the affected vehicles were built at the Silao, Mexico plant. According to Automotive News, some kind of follow-up from Volkswagen is expected “within the week.”