Volkswagen will recall nearly 26,000 vehicles in Australia due to possible issues with its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission unit. Volkswagen said it would replace the transmission mechatronic unit on affected vehicles at no cost to owners. The carmaker will also update the vehicle software. The recall will mirror similar moves in China, Singapore and Japan.
Volkswagen Australia said in a statement that it will recall Golf, Jetta, Polo, Passat and Caddy models build between June 2008 and September 2011 – for a total of 25,928 vehicles fitted with the seven-speed DQ200 dual-clutch transmission. Owners of the models have claimed instances of transmission and engine failures that resulted to loss of power.
The carmaker said that in isolated cases, an electronic malfunction in the control unit inside the gearbox mechatronics may result in a power interruption. John White, VW’s managing director for its Australian operations, disclosed to local media last week that the carmaker had ''issues" after car owners complained of transmission and engine failures.
He, however, said in an open letter VW would offer free inspections and a hotline service for concerned owners. In May 2013, Volkswagen recalled around 91,000 cars in Japan, citing possible transmission issues that were also the cause of a similar recall in China. VW said the transmission issues were due to the hot and wet climate, the extreme stop-and-go traffic as well as pollution typical of some Asian cities.
The Australian government is probing reports of power loss problems with VW cars amid a coronial inquiry into the death of a woman who died after a truck hit her manual-transmission Golf in 2011. The Victoria state coroner is due to report in July. Volkswagen Australia said the mechanical problems did not involve vehicles currently being built and sold. [source: Reuters]