Faulty fuel pump sees VW recall 1.8m cars in China

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04 Sep, 2017

Faulty fuel pump sees VW recall 1.8m cars in China

Just days after announcing its £6,000 scrappage scheme in the UK and Volkswagen have been hit with another setback after having to recall 1.82 million of the firm’s vehicles in China.

China's consumer watchdog said that the cars affected are manufactured by Volkswagen alongside its Chinese joint-venture partners, SAIC AND FAW. The recall applies to Magotans made between 2007 and 2014 and the CC produced domestically by FAW-Volkswagen between 2009 and 2014, as well as the 2011-2015 Passat made by SAIC Volkswagen.

About 19,000 imported models are also affected, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said.

The source of the problem appears to be an electronics issue in the fuel pump which can cause the engine to stall unexpectedly. The makers will now replace all fuel pump control module free of charge starting from December 2017.

The news is just the latest in a series of mishaps from the German car giant in recent years. The firm is still reeling from a massive emissions scandal that initially broke out in 2015.

VW are currently dealing with the repercussions from that emissions scandal on both ends of the Atlantic. In March the company pleaded guilty to charges stemming from "dieselgate" and agreed to pay $4.3bn (£3.3bn; 3.6bn euros) in penalties, as well as $17.5bn in compensation and fixes for owners.

Barring the latest recall in China, VW has recalled 11 million vehicles in total worldwide - including 1.2 million in the UK. VW still faces challenges in Germany and elsewhere and has set aside 22bn to deal with the costs.

In March VW recalled nearly 680,000 Audi cars in China over defects in coolant pumps that could lead to engine fires.

VW have been hard at work trying to rejuvenate its brand name, announcing several scrappage schemes such as in Germany and the UK.

In June, VW said it would offer a two-year guarantee for the cars in Europe that it is modifying. However, number of UK consumers have complained that the modifications have affected performance and reliability.

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