SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- Volkswagen told China's quality watchdog that it planned to recall more than 580,000 cars in the country, after the agency launched an investigation in August.
Volkswagen's joint venture in China, FAW-Volkswagen Automobile, will recall 563,605 New Sagitar models produced between May 2011 and May 2014 due to a problem with the rear axle arm of the cars, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement on its website.
Volkswagen is also recalling 17,485 imported Beetles due to the same axle problem.
FAW-Volkswagen, majority owned by state-owned China FAW Group Corp., declined to comment. Officials at Volkswagen China could not be immediately reached for comment.
Last year, Volkswagen recalled 384,181 vehicles in China to fix a gearbox problem after the German carmaker was named in an annual investigative special on corporate malpractice produced by state-run China Central Television.
VW delivered over 2.7 million vehicles to Chinese customers during the first nine months, up 15 percent from a year earlier and outpacing industry growth of 7 percent