Volkswagen Announces DSG Recall in China: 21 Models, 380,000 Cars
A number of motorists have been com paining to us about their faulty double-clutch units, and based on the stories we've been hearing it's not because they've abused their cars. Until now, VW has been reluctant to admit there's something wrong with their famous automatic box, but China's quality watchdogs have struck a crucial blow to their defense.
According reports coming from the People's Republic, a massive recall of cars equipped with DSG gearboxes is on the way there. 21 types of car are affected, both models that are imported into the country and ones that are assembled locally, some 380,000 cars in total to be exact, most built by Shanghai-VW and FAW-VW.
Here are the vehicles on the recall list are:
- A total of 7,139 imported units of Scirocco 1.4TSI, Golf Variant, and Cross Golf that were produced between December, 2008 and September, 2011;
- A total of 245,999 units of New Bora 1.4T, Golf A6 1.4T, Golf A6 1.6T, Sagitar 1.4T, Magotan 1.4T, CC 1.8T, New Sagitar 1.4T, New Magotan 1.4T and New Magotan 1.8T produced by Faw-Volkswagen during the period of May, 2009 and January, 2012 and of December, 2012 and February, 2013, as well as imported Audi A3 1.8T produced between February, 2010 and June, 2011;
- A total of 131,043 units of five-seat Touran 1.4T, seven-seat Touran 1.4T, Octavia 1.8T, Octavia 1.4T, Lavida 1.4T, Superb 1.4T, New Passat 1.4T and New Passat 1.8T produced by Shanghai Volkswagen between October, 2009 and May 2012 and between December, 2012 and March, 2013.
Last year, Volkswagen increased the warranty on their DSGs to 10 years in China but stopped short of doing an actual recall. But a few days ago, owners complained on a state-run TV station about their gearboxes were experiencing a sudden loss or gain in engine power in second gear, which could pose a serious safety hazard.
It's estimated VW will have to spend upwards of CNY 3 billion or about $500 million just on this recall, and you can imagine this has the potential to do plenty of financial damage if it goes global.