Date
22 October 2017
A factory employee checks the engine of an Audi A8 during final inspections at the company's factory in Neckarsulm, Germany. Photo:  Bloomberg
A factory employee checks the engine of an Audi A8 during final inspections at the company's factory in Neckarsulm, Germany. Photo: Bloomberg

Volkswagen faces recall of Audi models in Korea

Volkswagen AG has been ordered by South Korean authorities to recall some of its Audi A8 models, a fresh blow to the German carmaker at the center of global emissions scandal.

Inspections of the flagship sedan made by Volkswagen’s premium Audi brand found a design defect that caused engine coolant to leak, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing the transport ministry.

“This is a serious defect that may cause the car to lose power, possibly leading to accidents,” the ministry said.

Subject to the recall are 1,534 units of the gasoline-powered Audi A8 4.2 FSI Quattro sedans, produced between July 16, 2010, and April 13, 2012.

US authorities are expected to announce a recall of the same A8 model years next week, the South Korean Transport Ministry said.

A representative of the Korean unit, Audi Volkswagen Korea Co., said the company has begun fixing the problem for customers and fewer than 500 affected cars still need to be recalled.

The A8 recall comes as South Korea is widening its investigation into Volkswagen’s emissions scandal.

South Korea this month banned the sale of 80 Volkswagen models, affecting more than 80,000 vehicles, and around 4,400 Korean consumers are suing Volkswagen and its Audi unit for damages related to its false emissions claims.

South Korea is a relatively small market for Volkswagen, but authorities have pursued the company aggressively since it admitted last year to having falsified U.S. emissions tests on some diesel-powered cars.

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