German-based auto giant Volkswagen is all set to recall about 384,181 of its vehicles. The company has decided to recall its vehicles in China, so as to repair defective gearboxes that have been detected. The information on the recall was given by China’s quality watchdog.
An online statement was released by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). The statement said that Volkswagen has filed the recall plan with the administration after constant pressure from the media and consumers. The statement has also mentioned that the company will recall those vehicles which were subject to accusations of malfunctions in the direct gearboxes.
The cars will be recalled from April 2, 2013. The move to recall vehicles was provoked due to the demand from the AQSIQ on March 16, 2013, as a state run television station broadcast a program which showed malfunctions in the DSG transmissions. The defect can result in a sudden loss or gain OF engine power, which can also lead to safety hazards.
A spokesperson from the administration – Zhang Yuanping, said that China has been probing the case since Mach 2012 and had also conducted thorough research to ascertain the malfunction failure. Last year, the German company had extended the DSG quality guarantee period in China to ten years, but had refused to launch a recall.