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Volkswagen to Recall Cars in China Over Gearbox Defects

Volkswagen AG, Europe’s largest automaker, plans to recall vehicles in China after drawing scrutiny from the nation’s quality inspector and state broadcaster over defective gearbox systems.

The company will conduct a voluntary recall related to its direct-shift gearbox system, Volkswagen said in March 16 statement, without providing details. The statement came after China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said it told the German automaker to conduct a recall, and after Volkswagen was featured in China Central Television’s annual show about anti-consumer practices - - a program that also featured Apple Inc. and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. this year.