12 Jun 2013

Volkswagen recall over gearbox problem

8:25 pm on 12 June 2013

Volkswagen NZ has announced a voluntary recall of more than 2000 vehicles due to a problem with automatic gearboxes.

The 2639 vehicles are fitted with a 7-speed DQ200 DSG gearbox and were made between June 2008 and September 2011.

The company says in isolated cases, an electronic malfunction in the control unit inside the gearbox may result in a power interruption.

It says this causes the vehicle to lose power, but the driver can easily manoeuvre the vehicle to a stop.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen has also confirmed it is recalling thousands of its cars in Australia after a fatal accident in the state of Victoria.

Melissa Ryan was killed when her manual VW Golf was hit from behind by a truck in Melbourne in 2011. The truck driver told an inquest in May this year that Ms Ryan's car slowed dramatically before the impact.

This prompted complaints from VW owners whose cars had also cut out or stopped reportedly due to a faulty gearbox, the ABC reports.

The VW models recalled are Golf, Jetta, Polo, Passat and Caddys manufactured between 2008 and 2011. The company is reported to be recalling 26,000 vehicles, plus some Skoda and Audi models.

Melbourne commercial real estate agent Steve Makris, who had a near-miss on the Hume Highway in his 2010 Golf, said the recall is "too little, too late" and is planning a class-action lawsuit.