German auto giant Volkswagen (Volkswagen) will soon pull 80,000 vehicles from the Audi, Volkswagen and Skoda brands made between 2008 and 2015 due to dual-clutch transmission (DSG) problems in Australia causing "power cuts", BNR reported.
DSG (known as dual clutch transmission or double clutch) is an automatic transmission on a car that is closely related to manual transmission.
According to the Daily Mail, around 62,000 Volkswagens, Golf, Beetle, Polo, Jetta, Passat and Caddy were affected by the problem, as well as 4,500 Skoda cars – Fabia, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Extraordinary.
14,000 Audi A1 models (2011 to 2016), Audi A3 (2008 to 2016 models) and Audi TT (2012 to 2016 models) will also be withdrawn from the market.
According to Volkswagen Australia, dual clutch transmission (DSG) may experience a "power outage". The company said that improper production could lead to loss of oil pressure in the transmission hydraulic system, followed by a power outage.
This can cause the vehicle to die, after which it cannot be restarted unless it has been inspected by a qualified Volkswagen technician.
Volkswagen said around 23,000 vehicles could be affected by the problem, but for safety, the manufacturer wants to inspect another 40,000.
Volkswagen Australia Chief Executive Jason Bradshaw said vehicles must be physically inspected to determine whether they are defective or not.
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