Volkswagen and Audi are recalling 16,000 new vehicles due to transmission problems causing them to lose power or completely stall. Government officials have been investigating the problem since July 17th. The affected vehicles utilize a new type of transmission called a direct shift gearbox (DSG) and, in some cases, have stranded motorists amid fast-moving traffic.
According to Clarence Ditlow of the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, the problem is a “classic” safety hazard. “Consumers are being stranded on freeways,” Ditlow said. “It’s only a matter of time before we have consumers being killed.” Volkswagen says it has not received any reports of injuries or deaths. Volkswagen and Audi say the problem is caused by faulty temperature sensors, affecting 13,500 Volkswagen models and 2,500 Audi models.
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