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Publication 21-03-2013

German carmaker will recall 384,000 sold in China due to gearbox the top quality watchdog said on

Starting April 2, Volkswagen’s subsidiary and two joint ventures recall vehicles made or since December 2008, to a statement by the General Administration of Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

The include the imported Scirocco, Variant and Audi A3, and locally models such as New Bora, A6, Sagitar, Magotan, Touran, and New Passat.

The German auto admitted on Wednesday it had filed the plan with the administration.

In cases, an electronic malfunction in the unit or a lack of oil pressure the gearbox mechatronics may result in a interruption, the company said in a

The steering and braking are unaffected, so can remain in control and maneuver to a it said.

Components in faulty will be replaced and the latest upgrades installed for free.

said that owners of vehicles will be asked by dealers to schedule an appointment for and repair.

Cheng Jie, a resident who bought a Golf A6 in 2010, said his car has malfunctioned

The car suddenly lost power and once when I was driving on a he said, adding that he had to the car dealer and asked for a replacement but was refused. The dealer said the had not caused the malfunction.

I’ll go to the and have my car fixed on April 2, he I’m worried that problems will happen It’s too dangerous.

Chen Deyu, who works at a Volkswagen dealership in Beijing, Volkswagen had not yet notified them the recall.

Some customers called us about the replacement of components, he said. We’ll customers who bought the affected when we get a message from the

Dealers will receive a notice about the operation of the within two days, a spokesperson for the company’s joint venture in was quoted as saying by The Mirror .

believe the recall is a public blow for Volkswagen in the world’s auto market. The company 2.81 million cars in last year, an increase of 24 per from 2011.

Volkswagen has been plagued by the issue for about a year in and it has finally conceded to a recall, Namrita Chow, an analyst at firm IHS Automotive.

People judge Volkswagen based on the they receive and the quality of the once they are returned to This will be the real for Volkswagen, she said.

The recall may the auto giant about 3 yuan (US$483 million), News Agency reported.

The was prompted by a demand from the watchdog and comes after Central Television aired a on March 15 — World Rights Day — that Volkswagen had been selling with substandard direct-shift systems, which caused problems and car accidents.

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Other are also recalling or plan to defective products in China.

Shanghai General Motors Co recall 5,744 Buicks and starting Monday because of a problem with the gear transfer, which can cause a in the engine’s braking efficiency in cases.

Japanese automaker will also recall imported FJ Cruiser cars of seatbelt flaws. The company is working on a solution and will improvement methods before 15, Xinhua reported.

It will be second recall this In January it announced it will 22,869 Lexus IS cars of a wiper arm problem.

Chi Yifeng, director of the China Automobile Association, said China’s car system started in 2004, the public’s increased awareness of protection has prompted vehicle

Thirteen calls involving cars were made in but between January and October year, the quality watchdog 59 recalls involving 2.75 cars.

The number is still much than the number in the United Chi said. That to some shows carmakers in China are in voluntary recalls and shouldering responsibility.

In 2011, 592 recalls made in the US involving more 15 million cars. China 85 recalls involving 1.83 cars that year, The reported.

In fact, Volkswagen’s problems emerged last but it did not plan a recall until from customers and the media Chi said.

He said he hopes first regulation on recalling vehicles, which took on January 1, will help costs for carmakers that back on admitting defects.

The requires automakers to investigate and results to the quality watchdog if are informed their products be faulty. Those who hide face a fine of 1 to 10 per cent of the of the defective cars sold.

Li Fangfang contributed to this

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