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Hi, one of the many sensors that feed information to the ABS system has likely failed. This will also cause the ASR light to come on in some cases. The only way t begin a repair on this type of failure is to have the vehicle scanned for codes. If your mechanic normally works on VW, he should have a scan tool capable of reading the ABS control module for codes. Unfortunately the free code scans you get from the auto parts stores will not access ABS, only engine and emission codes. In the meantime the car is safe to drive but as long as the lights are on, both of those systems are deactivated.
Glad to hear you got it fixed.