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Volkswagen shamed in China

2013-03-17 07:56

CALLS FOR DEFECTIVE DSG TO BE RECALLED: China’s consumer quality watchdog urged German automaker Volkswagen to recall defective cars with DSG problems.

SHANGHAI, China - State-run China Central Television (CCTV) called for a recall of Volkswagen's Direct Shift Gearbox in its annual corporate malpractice exposé.

The report said that the DSG, a long-standing issue for VW, could cause a sudden loss or gain in engine power, posing safety hazards.

Volkswagen, which plans to almost double production capacity in China to four-million cars in the next five years, promised action in response to the "3:15" show, whose name refers to the date of World Consumer Rights Day.

'WE WILL RESOLVE THE ISSUE'

The automaker said: "We take this report very seriously and we will quickly make contact with our consumers to resolve the issue."
 
The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said that its research has confirmed that some of the automaker's DSG has defects that may cause engine power failure.

AQSIQ spokesman Zhang Yuanping said that if VW refuses to fulfill its legal obligations, AQSIQ will force it to recall the defective cars.

According to Zhang, AQSIQ has been investigating the company's DSG transmissions since March, 2012.

In May 2012, Volkswagen extended its DSG quality guarantee period in China to 10 years under pressure from the administration, Zhang said.

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