Yet even more problems for the Volkswagen Group as the company’s Indian division has announced this week a recall involving no less than 389 units of the Polo supermini. All these cars were manufactured last month and have a problem with the handbrake which is why VW will contact all the owners affected and ask them to drop by the local Volkswagen repair shop to have the issue sorted out, free of charge of course.
According to an analysis made by the Quality Assurance department of Volkswagen India, there is a risk the handbrake cable retention levers for the rear brake line could break. As a consequence, those 389 cars will go through a preventive repair and this will involve working on each car for about an hour. A statement released by the automaker mentions the handbrake mechanism “would lose effectiveness” in case the cars do not receive the proper repair.
Aside from these cars that have already been delivered to customers, Volkswagen India also has a stock of Polos with the same issue and these have obviously been blocked from delivery until all the vehicles will be inspected and will receive the proper fix in case it is necessary.
VW India went on to specify the recall process only relates to this issue as it has nothing to do with the ongoing dieselgate which involves almost 11 million cars from all over the world fitted with the EA189 1.2 TDI, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI engines that are equipped with a special software designed to effectively enable the vehicles cheat during the emissions tests.
According to Volkswagen India, deliveries of the Polo that don’t have this handbrake issue will continue as originally planned so anxious buyers don’t have to worry as they will receive their cars at the pre-established date.