There are approximately 42,300 Volkswagen Passat, Golf, Tiguan and Arteon owners worldwide who will be notified of the fire risk.
The brand under the affected Volkswagen Group is Audi, which had to recall 24,400 of their vehicles. Other brands affected by this recall are Seat and Skoda.
The recall was made because there was a risk of fire in the vehicle connecting a conventional combustion engine to an electric drive and charging through a socket due to insufficiently insulated high-voltage batteries, the spokesman added.
German daily Bild quoted regulator KBA as saying inadequate fastening of the engine cover design could lead to contact with hot parts and then catching fire, adding that 16 such cases had been reported in Germany.