Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda have issued a recall on 80,000 vehicles built between 2008 and 2015 due to a possible fault with the transmission.
Approximately 62,000 VW Gold, Beetle, Polo, Jetta, Passat and Caddy model cars are affected as well as 4,500 Skoda Fabia, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb.
14,000 Audi A1 (2011 to 2016 models), Audi A3 (2008 to 2016 models) and Audi TT (2012 to 2016 models) have also been affected by the recall, according to Daily Mail.
Due to a fault with the dual-clutch transmissions which were marketed as ‘DSG’, the vehicles could suffer an “interruption of power”, according to Volkswagen Australia.
“If the pressure accumulator cracks, oil and pressure is lost in the hydraulic system of the gearbox,” the recall says.
“As a result, the transmission of engine power via the gearbox is interrupted.
“The experience of this symptom would be comparable to depressing the clutch in a vehicle fitted with a manual transmission.”
The vehicle could then go into “limp” mode and may not be able to restart after being switched off.
According to Volkswagen Australia executive Jason Bradshaw, vehicles need to be physically examined by a manufacturer to check if they have the issue.
They believe that around 23,000 cars may be affected, but with to check a further 40,000.
‘While we know 23,000 vehicles may have this incorrectly manufactured component, we cannot be certain of identifying these by Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) alone,’ he said.
‘We want to physically examine them and those [additional vehicles] with a potentially faulty component can have it replaced.’
Customers who need their cars checked will be contacted in the upcoming weeks and will be asked to bring their cars in for inspection free of charge.