Volkswagen recall 75,000 cars with dangerous seatbelts
Consumer advice group, Which? has criticised Volkswagen Group for failing to properly deal with a potentially lethal fault with some seatbelts in the Volkswagen (VW) and Seat range.
VW Group has made an informal recall on this issue, and has provided a temporary fix to a fault with the centre-rear seat, where the seatbelt can unfasten if the car turns or changes directions at high speed. Which? estimates that some 55,000 new VW and Seat cars have been sold since this recall was issued a few months ago.
Some owners were notified about the fault around month after purchasing the car
The 'temporary fix' involves using cable ties to secure the rear seatbelt buckles together. Obviously, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) rejected this, and have advised drivers not to use the affected seats.
VW will continue to sell the Polo with the seatbelt fault
A Volkswagen spokesperson said both VW and SEAT are taking “a number of steps to ensure their customers’ safety in the context of the seatbelt issue”.
According to the VW Group, all customers have been informed of the problem, and have advised them to come to their nearest dealership to have the cable ties installed, which will fix the fault. They've also been advised to collect a dashboard sticker which will remind them not to use the rear-centre seatbelt.
The fault was identified in May and affects the 2018 VW Polo, Seat Ibiza and Seat Arona. If three people are sat in the back of those cars, the belt buckles can press against each other causing them to un-fasten.
The middle seatbelt buckle pressing down onto another buckle
VW and Seat have stressed to customers that this belt issue can only occur at high-speed, and in rare driving conditions. They also said it's 'extremely low risk' for everyday driving, but new customers are required to sign a disclaimer prior to purchase.
A Permanent fix is now being rolled out.
Auto journalists from Finish magazine, Tekniikan Maailma noticed the issue whilst testing the Seat Arona . Watch the video here: