The recall is due to insufficiently crimped connector wires in the wiring harness of a temperature sensor, which is in the direct-shift gearbox. This could cause the temperature sensor to incorrectly detect a high oil temperature in the gearbox, which could cause the gear to suddenly shift to neutral. It will also illuminate the depress-brake-pedal light, which warns the driver to apply the brakes. This could lead to a dangerous situation on the road, even possibly a crash.
Volkswagen will notify owners, inspect the direct-shift gearbox, and replace or repair the temperature sensor for free. Owners can contact Volkswagen at 800-822-8987 or the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.