07 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen India stops delivery of Polo models due to handbrake defect

2015 Volkswagen Polo (India)

As the worldwide emissions issue currently has Volkswagen in its grip, the Indian arm of the German giant has put a stop on local Polo sales and is recalling 389 units of the car due to a handbrake defect affecting cable retention levers in the rear brake lines. Volkswagen Passenger Cars India is keen to stress that this latest technical issue is not related to the EA189 ‘Dieselgate’ problems that are engulfing its German parent company.

Temporarily suspended
Sources state that Indian Volkswagen retailers have received a letter asking that orders and deliveries be temporarily suspended, with 389 cars from a particular September 2015 production period affected.

Cars built outside of this period are reportedly fine and can be delivered as usual. Reports state that the ‘handbrake would lose effectiveness in certain conditions, due to a possible breakage of cable retention levers’.

Owners of the cars delivered from the defective batch will be contacted by Volkswagen retailers, and the free repair is reported to take around an hour to fix. Halted sales of affected cars will begin again once potentially defective vehicles have been remedied.

An issued Volkswagen India statement says: ‘In the context of a voluntary safety measure, Volkswagen Passenger Cars in India is recalling 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 Passenger Cars India has determined that under certain conditions, the handbrake mechanism would lose effectiveness.

‘Inspection and preventative repair’
‘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 retailers 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 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 continues as schedule and would like to clarify that the temporary hold on deliveries is not related to the ongoing EA189 diesel engine topic’.

Only hatchback models
The handbrake issue currently seems to affect only the hatchback models of the small Volkswagen: the Vento saloon version and Skoda Rapid which are also locally built at the company’s factory in Pune are being delivered in the normal way. Polo hatchbacks built in India are powered by either a 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine or a 1.5-litre TDI unit.

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