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2017-01-09 11:02

MORE TROUBLE: German automaker Volkswagen said it would recall 50 000 cars in China, including Beetles and Golfs, due to a brake issue when cruise control is engaged. Image: AFP / John Macdougal

Beijing - German carmaker Volkswagen will recall almost 50 000 vehicles in China due to brake problems when using cruise control, according to the country's quality regulator.

The company will recall Beetles made between July 1 2012 and August 6 2015, and Golfs, made between July 1 2012 and July 6 2013, according to a statement posted Friday (January 6) on the official website of China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (ASDIQ).

Problem to be fixed free of charge

A problem with noise filters may cause difficulty with breaking when the cars have been in cruise control for long periods of time, ASDIQ said, adding that the problem created a "hidden safety risk".

The company will fix the problem for free, it said.

Volkswagen's business has been under the microscope since 2015, when it was revealed the company had installed software on 11-million cars that allowed them to defeat emissions tests.

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