Mumbai: Volkswagen on Thursday said that 389 Polo hatchbacks have been recalled for inspection and preventive repair for a probable faulty handbrake mechanism.
Volkswagen India has determined that under certain conditions, the handbrake mechanism would lose effectiveness. ET had reported in its Thursday edition on the handbrake issue.
“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,” the statement said.
The company on Wednesday had sent out an urgent missive asking its dealers to stop deliveries of Polo hatchbacks.
The deliveries of the identified Polo cars in stock were put on hold yesterday will be resumed as and when the inspection and preventive repair of each car is completed, the company added. Volkswagen however clarified that deliveries for the non-impacted Polo range will continue as per schedule.
The company said it has already identified the cars and has published the repair instructions to its service outlets in India.
The carmaker’s dealers will actively reach out to the customers who own the identified vehicles to come for an inspection and preventive repair.
The company said, it will commence with the inspection and repairs of the faulty handbrake with immediate effect. The activity at the workshop will require about an hour and will be carried out at no cost to the customer, the company informed.
VW India after sending an advisory to dealers later clarified that it had nothing to do with the EA 189 diesel engine, which has been embroiled in the recent controversy in the US surrounding a software which was capable of cheating emission tests.
Volkswagen Polo is the mainstay for the German carmakers and contributed about two-thirds of the company’s sales in FY15. It sold approximately 30,000 units, during this period. The company has produced 20,030 units of Polo in India for the period between April-August 2015.
The Indian government has already directed testing agency ARAI to probe if the engines used in India are part of the VW dieselgate that has affected many developed markets.
Approximately two lakh diesel engines from EA 189 family (1.51.6 & 2 litre) are believed to have been used in India.
Volkswagen has said that nearly 11 million cars worldwide may be affected by this scandal as they have the cheating device. Volkswagen Passenger Cars has said that about five million cars may have the cheat software, while Audi says 2.1 million of its cars are affected, and 1.2 million Skodas have the device.
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