VW recalls almost 600,000 Caddy vans on tailgate malfunction

The recall affects 284,000 Caddy vans in Germany.
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FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen is recalling 589,000 Caddy small delivery vans globally to fix a condition that may cause an open tailgate to snap shut.

The gas-pressure shock absorbers attached to the tail gate may get dislodged in some vehicles built between November 2003 and January 2013, VW said in a statement. Of the affected Caddy vans, 284,000 are in Germany.

The news comes just three months after Volkswagen had to recall more than 2.6 million cars, about a third of them in China, to fix a variety of problems, a blow to a group striving to overtake Toyota and General Motors as the world's biggest carmaker.

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