VW recalls 2.6 million faulty cars

VW recalls 2.6 million faulty cars
The Tiguan is one of the models being recalled. Photo: DPA
German auto giant Volkswagen said on Thursday it was recalling 2.6 million cars worldwide due to technical problems affecting various models.

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The problems range from faulty lighting, leaky engine fuel lines and a possible malfunction when synthetic oil is used in its gear box, a spokesman said.

The recall is one of the biggest in the company's history.

It includes 800,000 of its compact Tiguan sports-utility vehicle which could be affected by faulty fuses that can trip lighting circuits.

Volkswagen also said it was recalling its 2-litre Amarok pickup truck because of leaky engine fuel lines, which affects around 239,000 vehicles.

VW issued a separate recall in China for around 640,000 vehicles that were locally produced or imported between January 2009 and June 2013.

The recall comes after the country's quality watchdog identified a problem with the DO200 gearbox, which may suffer electronic malfunction when synthetic oil is used.

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