Volkswagen, Audi & Skoda vehicles built between 2008 and 2019 have been recalled. Close to 62,000 Volkswagen Golf, Beetle, Polo, Jetta, Passat and Caddy models are affected, as well as 4,500 Skoda Fabia, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb. The recall is also affecting 14,000 Audi A1 (2011 to 2016 models), Audi A3 (2008 to 2016 models) and Audi TT (2012 to 2016 models). According to Volkswagen Australia, dual-clutch transmissions marketed as “DSG” could suffer an “interruption of power”.
The dangerous fault was due to incorrect manufacturing which could result in a loss of oil pressure in the hydraulic system of the gearbox followed by an interruption of power, Volkswagen Australia said.
This could see the vehicle go into “limp” mode, with the car unable to be restarted after being turned off unless looked at by a qualified Volkswagen technician.
Volkswagen said around 23,000 cars may be affected by the problem, but the manufacturer wants to check a further 40,000 cars to be safe.
Volkswagen Australia executive Jason Bradshaw said vehicles need to be physically examined to determine whether they are faulty or not.
He explained: “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.
“We want to physically examine them and those [additional vehicles] with a potentially faulty component can have it replaced."
It is not clear if only Australian cars are affected. Express.co.uk have contacted Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda for comment.
Those with affected vehicles will be invited to bring their cars in for repair work free of charge in the coming weeks.
While car recalls are rare, they are not entirely unheard of.
Recently, a popular Ford model was recalled for an "urgent service".
Ford has already written to customers of the affected vehicles warning of an oil dilution service which drivers can claim for free.
The service will update the powertrain control module calibration which they claim will improve oil life and offer a clearer oil monitoring messaging service for the vehicle.
The car company says this will help drivers living around inner-city locations who often have high idle times and stop regularly.
Ford says driving in this manner will often lead to more regular oil changes but the new technology will improve how long oil can last during each cycle.
In a document to consumers seen by Express.co.uk, Ford claims urgent action is required and customers need to phone a dealer so that important work can be carried out.