Yesterday, the news of Volkswagen putting a "temporary hold" on the deliveries of the Polo hatchback in India broke out. While the company hadn't provided any details, it clarified the hold was due to a technical reason and "that the temporary hold on deliveries is not related to the ongoing EA 189 diesel engine topi".
While folks continued to doubt if this genuinely had nothing to do with the diesel scandal that broke out last month, Volkswagen today provided more details about the voluntary safety measure. It said, "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."
Volkswagen further explained that the analysis performed by the company has shown that a batch of handbrake cable retention levers in the rear brake liner might break under certain conditions. The carmaker has already identified the cars and has issued relevant instructions for repair.
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VW dealers in India will immediately start contacting the customers who own the affected vehicles for inspection and preventive repair. The aforementioned repair will take about an hour and will be free of charge. Post the repairs, VW will resume the deliveries of the affected Polo hatchbacks. Deliveries for the non-impacted Polo range continue as per schedule.