Volkswagen to recall almost 385,000 China vehicles

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SHANGHAI—German auto giant Volkswagen will recall 384,181 vehicles in China over gearbox defects, it said Wednesday after state television criticized it over the issue.

In a company statement Volkswagen said an electronic malfunction could cause cars to lose power while being driven.

“In isolated cases, an electronic malfunction in the control unit or a lack of oil pressure inside the gearbox mechatronics may result in a power interruption,” the statement said.

Steering and braking would not be impacted, it added.

The vehicles affected include both imported models such as the Audi A3 and domestically-made ones, among them the Magotan and Passat, said the Chinese government’s quality watchdog, which on Saturday had ordered the recall.

The move followed a year-long investigation, it added, and the cars involved came off the assembly line between December 2008 and early this month.

Volkswagen said it would replace components in the gearbox of affected vehicles for free.

The recall came after China Central Television alleged in an annual corporate malpractice programme that Volkswagen had used substandard gearboxes in some models, causing acceleration problems and accidents.

Volkswagen, which is Europe’s biggest carmaker, said last week it planned to open seven more factories in China, the world’s largest car market.

It currently has two passenger vehicle production joint ventures with China’s SAIC Motor and FAW Group.

“In the coming years, we will build at least 10 new factories, seven of those in China alone,” VW chief executive Martin Winterkorn told reporters last week as the company announced record net profit.

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  • Fayha

    made in China product cannot be trusted.

  • blue01

    No wonder VW is trying to go back to the Philippine market and probably other ASEAN markets as well.

    Come to ASEAN. Follow Toyota and other Japanese brands that localizes manufacturing instead of concentrating on just 1 hub.

  • i_am_filipino

    NO TO MADE IN CHINA

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Don’t buy made in China.

  • tumbokin

    wa ha ha ha…German brand…spiraling down and crushing with a thud..eeeeeeeeigggnnng boggsss

  • ReneV

    made in china

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