By Shannon Najmabadi
Hot on the heels of a CCTV report claiming that some China-made luxury cars contain toxic chemicals, Volkswagen is set to recall 384,181 vehicles to address a “long-standing gearbox safety issue,” according to the Shanghai Daily.
An investigation aired Friday on CCTV examined problems with Volkswagen’s direct-shift gearbox (DSG) and problems “including unintended speed loss and acceleration”.
Beginning on April 2, Volkswagen’s local joint ventures “will recall cars made or imported between December 2008 and March 2013,” according to a General Administration of Quality Supervision statement posted on its website. Imported and locally manufactured models-such as the Golf Variant, Cross Gold, Audi A3, Bora, Sagitar, Magotan, Touran, Octavia and Passat-are among the cars affected, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Volkswagen and its joint ventures will replace existing gearboxes and upgrade software for Volkswagen car owners. Such services will be free of charge.
The recall will undoubtedly be a blow to the German car company. According to CNN Money, “Volkswagen has aggressively expanded its operations in China, and now counts the country as its largest single market.”
The Wall Street Journal added that Volkswagen’s “robust sales” in China and other emerging markets has “helped it escape the brunt of Europe’s shrinking auto market”.