Approximately 16,000 Volkswagen cars in Australia equipped with DSG auto transmissions made from 2012 to 2014 are being recalled.
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Volkswagen Australia has issued a recall of 16,098 of its model-year 2012-2014 Golf (in hatch, cabriolet and wagon body styles), Jetta, Passat, Polo and Caddy models affected by an issue with their seven-speed dual clutch automatic 'DSG' transmission.

Affected vehicles were sold between 1 June 2011 and 1 June 2015.

As this article was published Volkswagen said no Australian vehicles had suffered a failure and the recall was being done as a preventative measure.

Above: 2013 Volkswagen Golf

Above: 2012 Volkswagen Polo

Lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the defect relates to a fluid leak in the transmission.

Volkswagen Australia reports that the fluid loss can result in a loss of pressure within the transmission, reducing the vehicle’s drive functionality and increasing the risk of an accident that may cause serious injury to occupants or other road users.

Above: 2013 Volkswagen Jetta

Above: 2014 Volkswagen Passat

Above: 2014 Volkswagen Caddy

CarAdvice has been told the issue relates to an internal component inside the transmission that runs at an excessive pressure, resulting in a leak. The fault can be remedied with a software upgrade rather than hardware replacement.

Volkswagen Australia is contacting all owners of affected vehicles to arrange inspection and repair of the faulty unit free of charge.

A full list of the vehicle identification numbers of the 16,098 cars included in the recall can be found here.

If you believe your vehicle might be affected, call 1800 504 076 (between 8:30am-8pm AEST, Monday-Friday) or visit Volkswagen’s find a dealer page.