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VW tells US dealers to stop selling 4 models

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

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

The order covers about 25,000 Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle convertible models 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 says no fires or crashes have been reported. VW plans to replace the defective parts.

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