Volkswagen AG announced a recall Wednesday of more than 384,000 vehicles in China to fix gearboxes following a report last week by state TV that criticized the quality of the German automaker's cars.
Volkswagen said that problems with direct-shift gearboxes might cause a power interruption, but it said drivers could remain in control and maneuver to a stop. The company said it would repair gearboxes and install the latest software upgrades at no cost to owners. Many systems in modern cars are controlled electronically.
The recall applies to vehicles imported or manufactured in China between December 2008 and this month, the government's product quality agency said in a separate statement. It said that would include models such as the Sirocco, Golf Wagon, Jetta, Magotan, Touran and Passat.