VW Recalls Vehicles in Australia Due to Gearbox Issues image

VW will recall 26, 000 vehicles in Australia due to potential gearbox issues.

VW will recall almost 26,000 Jetta, Passat, Polo, Caddy and Golf models in Australia, produced between June 2008-September 2011. The 25,928 vehicles are all fitted with the seven-speed DQ200 direct-shift gearbox and owners reported engine and transmission failures which caused loss of power.

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

Last month, the German automaker recalled almost 91,000 vehicles in Japan, also due to gearbox issues which had already caused a recall in China. The company said that the problems were caused by the wet and hot climate, the pollution typical for some cities in Asia, as well as the extreme stop-and-go traffic.

VW said it will replace the gearbox mechatronic unit and will also update the vehicles’ software without charging the owners. Newspapers in Australia said they have been contacted by hundreds of vehicle owners complaining about problems with their Volkswagen vehicles.

The German car maker previously said that the high-tech DSG automatic transmissions fitted in the Australian vehicles are manufactured in Europe and there is no need of a recall.

Source: Reuters