Major recall for Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi cars over gearbox fault

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a recall for Volkswagen and Skoda vehicles – with reports stating that Audi models are also affected – after an issue was discovered with the gearbox of certain models.

More than 80,000 vehicles are believed to be affected by the faulty part, which can cause the car to lose significant power and slip into ‘limp home’ mode, potentially putting motorists at risk.

Some 62,000 Volkswagen, 14,000 Audi and 4,500 Skoda vehicles manufactured between 2008 and 2016 are reportedly affected. All brands operate under the Volkswagen Group, and are fitted with a dual clutch DSG gearbox.

The recall was made public after it was found that, over time, a crack in the transmission’s pressure accumulator would form, impacting on oil and pressure levels in the hydraulic system of the gearbox, ultimately causing engine power to be interrupted.

“If this was to occur, audible and visual warnings would immediately signal that the car was about to go into ‘limp’ mode,” said a statement from Volkswagen Australia.

“Once the ignition is switched off in this condition the car cannot be re-started except after attention by a qualified Volkswagen technician.”

Affected models include:

  • Skoda Fabia (2013-2015)
  • Skoda Octavia (2009-205)
  • Skoda Rapid (2014-2015)
  • Skoda Roomster (2009-2015)
  • Skoda Superb (2009-2015)
  • Skoda Yeti (2013-2015)
  • Volkswagen Golf (2009-2015)
  • Volkswagen Jetta (2009-2015)
  • Volkswagen Beetle (2013-2015)
  • Volkswagen Polo (2010-2015)
  • Volkswagen Caddy (2011-2015)
  • Audi A1 (2011-2016)
  • Audi A3 (2008-2016)
  • Audi TT (2012-2016)

Motorists are encouraged to contact their local provider, or the support hotline of their car manufacturer, with Skoda also stating that it will contact affected customers.

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