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Volkswagen recalls 2.6 million vehicles

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Volkswagen AG issued a global recall of around 2.6 million vehicles after the German auto maker identified problems with some of its most popular models.

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The recall includes 800,000 of its compact Tiguan sports-utility vehicle in order to fix faulty fuses which can trip lighting circuits. The announcement came a day after Volkswagen said it would recall 207,778 of the vehicles in China because of defective light fuses.

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

Volkswagen 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.

The vehicles include Volkswagen Golf, Beetle, Lavida and Passat models, as well as cars from the Audi brand. The recall will start November 25. The company will replace the synthetic transmission oil with mineral oil to eliminate the potential safety hazard.

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