Official VW, Skoda and Seat recall for some bouncing 1.5 TSI engines



The ‘kangaroo’ effect annoys owners of VW, Seat, Skoda and Audi’s models equipped with a 1.5 TSI petrol engine in combination with a manual transmission. However, the newly announced recall only affects some of them.

According to our unofficial information from the Czech Skoda dealer network, authorized workshops have been performing software upgrades of the engine control unit since the end of March 2018, which is supposed to remove the kangarooing.

The only problem is that the owners are not invited to this software upgrade with a letter from the automaker because it is not a recall but is a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB). It is only performed as part of a regular service inspection in an authorized workshop. However, it is not the owner’s obligation to visit an authorized service center for maintenance. Those who drive their car to an independent workshop are unlikely to know about it.



Recall “24EV” only for newer engines

This approach of the automaker will not change with older engines 1.5 TSI even after the announcement of a new recall. The recall applies to the 1.5 TSI EA211evo engines with an output of 110 kW and with a 180A alternator, produced in May and June 2019 only.

With these engines, it may happen that they not only bounce but can also “die” due to a lack of starting torque. And that could endanger traffic safety. Only the owners of cars with these engines should, therefore, receive a letter from the manufacturer.

Whoever owns a car with an older 1.5 TSI engine should contact an authorized workshop on their own. The engine control unit software should be updated no matter where the car has been serviced before. The update should not take more than 30 to 60 minutes.


Recall codes and models

Audi code and models have not been published yet


According to information from the website kfz-rueckrufe.de, the recall will affect 17,000 Skoda’s worldwide, while VW and Seat must recall 8,000 vehicles each.

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Roman Beránek

Czech independent motoring journalist, ex-editor of CNC's Auto.cz website, former host of the Czech Radio's and CzechTV's "Automotorevue" show. He founded the car-recalls.eu website in 2016 to make car owners better informed and to help to improve road safety.

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