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Fluid leaks prompt VW to stop sales

Volkswagen will stop selling about 25,000 current model year Jettas, Beetles, Beetle Convertibles, and Passats.
Volkswagen will stop selling about 25,000 current model year Jettas, Beetles, Beetle Convertibles, and Passats.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

DETROIT — Volkswagen is telling US dealers to stop selling its most popular cars until transmission fluid leaks can be fixed.

The order covers about 25,000 Jettas, Passats, Beetles, and Beetle convertibles equipped with 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engines and automatic transmissions, spokesman Scott Vazin said Wednesday. They were built after Feb. 1.

An ‘‘O-ring’’ that links a transmission fluid line to a cooler can fail and cause leaks, potentially causing a fire. Vazin said no fires or crashes have been reported. VW plans to replace the defective parts.

About half the cars remain on dealer lots. Vazin said VW is working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on how to fix the cars that have been sold. He said owners with questions about their cars should contact their dealers.

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Vazin said he expected parts to be available to make the repairs in two weeks or less. The repairs should take about a half-hour, he said.

The stop-sale order was first reported by the trade publication Automotive News.