FRANKFURT -- German carmaker Volkswagen AG said Tuesday that it is recalling as many as 850,000 Audi, Skoda, Seat and Volkswagen cars due to possible problems with their ignition systems.
"The failure of an ignition coil could affect the engine's operation and is noticeable by rough running or reduced power output," Volkswagen said in a statement.
A Volkswagen spokesman said the problem could affect as many as 850,000 cars.
The company said the problem affected Audis, Skodas, Seats and VWs fitted with 1.8-liter turbo, V5, V6 and W8 gasoline engines built in the 2001 and 2002 model years, as well as some cars built at the start of the 2003 model year.
It said a warning light should inform the driver of any problem, but it would contact all customers who may be affected as soon as replacement parts were available.