Volkswagen RECALL: Drivers warned over MAJOR seatbelt malfunction in thousands of cars

Volkswagen RECALL: Drivers warned over MAJOR seatbelt malfunction in thousands of cars

Volkswagen has issued a warning to its customers over concerns about seatbelts in the rear of at least three of its cars.

Road testers from Tekniikan Maailma first noticed the issue when group testing the Arona SUV, and subsequently replicated it in the SEAT Ibiza and VW Polo, all of which are based on MQB A0 Volkswagen Group architecture and are fitted with seatbelts made by Takata.

Frankfurt am Main - German auto maker Volkswagen (VW) said on Friday that it would recall 410,000 cars from its own brand and Spanish subsidiary Seat over faulty seat belts, warning customers not to use the middle seat in the meantime.

Volkswagen said in a statement that "rare situations" such as a quick lane change with five passengers on board can cause the rear centre seatbelt to release the rear left seatbelt on new Polo cars which went on sale in the United Kingdom in January.

Volkswagen has stated that it is better not to use the rear middle seat belt lock until the issue gets rectified.

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The firm said it would be in contact with owners in the next few weeks and customers will receive a letter so as to plan an appointment with a Volkswagen service partner.

According to a new investigation by Finnish motoring magazine, Tekniikan Maailma, the left rear bucks in the latest generation models came undone when carrying five passengers.

The rear centre buckle is positioned slightly above the rear left buckle, meaning in can be pushed down onto it, unbuckling the rear left passenger. As a effect, a feasible technical solution has been identified.

The company said the global recall was limited to markets where Polo cars are sold and the Seat brand does business. The number of affected Seat vehicles is not yet known.

The manufacturer was found to have cheated air pollution tests for 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide in September 2015, including 1.2 million in the UK.

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