CANBERRA, June 12 Automobile maker Volkswagen AG
will recall almost 26,000 cars in Australia in
response to potential gearbox problems, the company said on
Wednesday, mirroring recalls already ordered in China, Singapore
Volkswagen Australia would recall Golf, Jetta, Polo, Passat
and Caddy models manufactured between June 2008 and September
2011, the German company said in a statement.
The recall would affect 25,928 vehicles fitted the
seven-speed DQ200 direct-shift gearbox (DSG) after car owners
complained of transmission and engine failures causing loss of
"In isolated cases, an electronic malfunction in the control
unit inside the gearbox mechatronics may result in a power
interruption," the company statement said.
Volkswagen last month recalled about 91,000 cars in Japan,
citing potential gearbox problems that have already caused a
recall in China. The problems were due to the hot and wet
climate, the extreme stop-and-go traffic as well as pollution
typical of some Asian cities, the company said.
Australia's government is investigating reports of power
loss problems with Volkswagen cars amid a coronial inquiry into
the death of a woman killed when 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
affect cars currently being produced and sold. The recall notice
did not mention separate engine power loss issues.
In recalled cars, Volkswagen said it would replace the
gearbox mechatronic unit on potentially affected vehicles at no
cost to owners. Vehicle software would also be updated.
Australian newspapers have reported being contacted by
hundreds of car owners who have experienced problems with their
The company has previously said high-tech DSG automatic
transmissions used in Australian cars are manufactured in Europe
and do not require a vehicle recall.
In 2012, Volkswagen sold 3.17 million vehicles in the
Asia-Pacific region, of which 2.81 million were in China.
(Reporting by Rob Taylor; Editing by Stephen Coates)