February 26, 2014 / 6:45 PM / in 4 years

VW recalls almost 600,000 Caddy vans on tailgate malfunction

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German carmaker Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) said on Wednesday it is recalling 589,000 Caddy small delivery vans globally to fix a condition that may cause an open tailgate to snap shut.

The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen at a VW dealership in Hamburg, October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

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 over 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 (7203.T) and General Motors (GM.N) as the world’s biggest carmaker.

Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle

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