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VW announces China recall for gearbox problem

(AP) VW announces China recall for gearbox problem
BEIJING
Volkswagen AG says it is recalling more than 384,000 vehicles in China to correct a problem with gearboxes.

Wednesday's announcement follows a report last week by Chinese state television that claimed the German automaker was selling cars with substandard gearbox systems, causing unspecified problems for some drivers.

Volkswagen said that in isolated cases problems with direct-shift gearboxes might cause a power interruption, but it said drivers could remain in control and maneuver to a stop.

China is Volkswagen's biggest market. The recall comes at a time of widespread anxiety in China over product safety following a series of scandals over fake or tainted food, milk powder, medicines and other goods.

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