Volkswagen India recalled 389 Polo hatchbacks in India forr inspection of potentially faulty handbrake mechanism. The analysis performed by Volkswagen has shown that a batch of handbrake cable retention levers in the rear brake liner might break under certain conditions.
389 Polo cars from a single batch of production from the month of September 2015 have been recalled since the Quality Assurance department of Volkswagen India determined that under certain conditions, the handbrake mechanism would lose effectiveness resulting in damage.
Customers who own the identified vehicles will be actively contacted by the Volkswagen dealers to come for an inspection and preventive repair. This corrective inspection will start right away and the company has already sent a repair instructions to their dealers. The inspection and repair will cost roughly an hour which will be done free of charge and the 389 customers are already being contacted as we speak.
The company has issued a notification to its dealers requesting them to stop sale of the Polo models across India couple of days back without giving any reason, then, stating that the company is investigating the Polo hatchback cars it sells over “technical issues. It was widely assumed that the stop-sale request is due to the engines not meeting the emission norms, but that is not the case.
VW said that only a specific batch was affected by this problem and the other cars are absolutely safe to drive. the company further states that deliveries for the non-impacted Polo range continue as per schedule.
With the global emission scandal outbreak, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) is already looking into the emissions from the engines and would be ready report its findings by the end of the month. Although the company hasn’t mentioned anything about the nature or the severity of the technical problem, they have announced that the ongoing EA 189 diesel engine scandal has nothing to do with it.