VW Polo deliveries in India suspended for technical reason [Update – 389 cars recalled]
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VW India today issued a statement on the recall of 389 VW Polos –
In the context of a voluntary safety measure, Volkswagen Passenger Cars in India is calling 389 Polo cars from a single batch of production from the month of September 2015 for inspection and preventive repair of the handbrake mechanism. The Quality Assurance department of Volkswagen India has determined that under certain conditions, the handbrake mechanism would lose effectiveness.
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.
Volkswagen has already identified the cars and has published the repair instructions to the service organisation in India. Customers who own the identified vehicles will be actively contacted by the Volkswagen dealers to come for an inspection and preventive repair. This operation will start with immediate effect. The activity at the workshop will require approximately one hour and will be carried out at no cost to the customer.
The deliveries of the identified Polo cars in stock which had been put on hold yesterday will be resumed as and when the inspection and preventive repair of each car is completed. Volkswagen further confirms that deliveries for the non-impacted Polo range continue as per schedule.
Oct 7, 2015 –
Only a specific batch affected.
Volkswagen India has temporarily ceased the deliveries of the Polo hatchback, mentioning that there is a technical reason behind it. The company hasn’t provided any further information on the reason for halting the deliveries, and the company hasn’t announced a recall for already-delivered vehicles.
VW has said that only a limited number of cars, that were manufactured in a specific production period, are being suspected of a technical problem. The company reports that it is currently evaluating the potential problem.
Meanwhile, the deliveries of the VW Polos that do not belong to the undisclosed production period, are continuing as per schedule. 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.