Volkswagen to recall 411,000 cars over rear seatbelt problem
BERLIN/FRANKFURT: German carmaker Volkswagen AG will recall about 220,000 of its new Polo autos within the coming weeks as a result of an issue with the rear seatbelt lock, it mentioned on Friday, including 191,000 vehicles of its Spanish unit Seat have been additionally affected.
The corporate mentioned the worldwide recall was restricted to markets the place Polo vehicles are bought and the Seat model does enterprise. At Seat, the 2017 and 2018 fashions of its Ibiza car and the 2018 mannequin of its Arona car are affected, it mentioned.
Volkswagen mentioned the recall involved a technical drawback the place the rear left seatbelt might be unintentionally launched in some uncommon conditions, for instance throughout a quick lane change when the car had 5 passengers on board. “At Volkswagen security stays a important precedence and the model has recognized a technical answer: a redesigned belt lock fixture, which can forestall this from taking place,” it mentioned in an announcement.
It added the verify, in addition to the implementation of the belt lock fixture, can be freed from cost for the affected Polo in addition to Seat`s Ibiza and Arona fashions. Volkswagen shares closed up zero.four %.
Seat, which returned to revenue in 2016 for the primary time in a few decade, in a separate assertion suggested its clients to not use the center seat of the affected fashions till the vehicles had been fastened.