TMR Team | Jun 12, 2013

Update: Audi and Skoda details confirmed.

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed it will recall a number of models fitted with its seven-speed DSG automatic transmission, responding to fears of unexpected power cuts while driving.

Expected to include nearly 26,000 vehicles, the recall will affect models in the Polo and Golf ranges, along with the Jetta, Passat and Caddy, built between June 2008 and September 2012.

The recall will also affect more than 8000 DSG-equipped Audi and Skoda models, including the light Audi A1 and the small A3, along with models in the Skoda Octavia and Superb ranges.

Announced last night, the recall follows a media storm over unexpected power loss in some Volkswagen models.

The issue has been linked to the 2011 death of Melissa Ryan, who was hit from behind by a truck on Melbourne's Monash Freeway.

The driver of the truck told a coronial inquest in May that the driver's car slowed dramatically. The coroner has yet to announce a finding.

News of the accident and inquest sparked complaints from other Volkswagen owners, who claim that that their vehicles cut out or stopped while driving.

Volkswagen has said that Ms Ryan's vehicle was equipped with a manual transmission.

The recall notice, issued last night, details the fault and outlines Volkswagen's plans.

“In isolated cases, an electronic malfunction in the control unit inside the gearbox mechatronics may result in a power interruption,” the notice reads.

“Other important vehicle systems, such as steering and braking, along with other relevant systems, will continue to be fully functional.

“If, in rare cases, the car loses power while driving, the driver can remain in control to safely manoeuvre the car to a stop.”

“Volkswagen Group Australia will replace the gearbox mechatronic unit on all potentially affected vehicles at no cost to the customer."

“At the same time, we will also update customers’ vehicles with the latest software version. Owners can continue to drive their vehicles as usual before the replacement."

Volkswagen says the issue does not affect cars currently on sale in showrooms.

Current owners of Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda models will be contacted from July.


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