VW is recalling close to 200,000 cars in Brazil because of a rear wheel problem.
The company wants to determine whether rear wheel bearings are sufficiently greased on the Brazilian made
“Novo Gol” and “Novo Voyage” models made before July 2009 as there is a possibility that a lack of lubrication could cause wheels to lock. In extreme cases they could loosen and even fall off.
The vehicles were made in Brazil for the local market, which is VW’s third-largest after China and Germany.
“The rear wheels could lock if used continuously with insufficiently greased bearings. In extreme cases the wheel could work loose and potentially cause an accident,” it said on Thursday.
Vehicles produced after July 2009 are not affected, it said.
A relatively common occurrence due to the extreme complexity of most modern automobiles, recalls have grabbed headlines recently after Toyota’s image as quality champion was hit by a recall of over 8.5 million vehicles.