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Hide the kids — Škoda recalls hundreds of cars due to faulty child locks

Škoda logo featured at a local dealership. Photo: Wikicommons

The car maker is recalling 539 units of its Octavia sedan in India to fix faulty manual child locks.

By BOHEMIST STAFF

PRAGUE – Škoda might be having a great sales year, but buyers in India maybe thinking about trading in their cars for a Tata after hearing the Czech Republic’s largest car maker is recalling 539 units of its premium sedan Octavia there to fix faulty manual child lock of two rear doors.

The company said in a statement: “The campaign is related to 539 Octavia units produced between November 2015 and April 2016.”

To check the manual child lock of two rear doors, Skoda dealers will contact Octavia customers across India for a service appointment, it added.

Luckily for owners, the assessment of the locks only takes 12 minutes. “In case the locks need to be replaced under the service campaign, the process will conclude in 45 minutes and will be done at no cost to the customer,” the statement continues.

The company currently sells four models–Rapid, Yeti Octavia and Superb in India.

Czech automaker Škoda delivered a 4.9 percent increase in automobile sales for the first half of 2016 when compared to the same period last year. The increase represents a total of 569,400 vehicles, up from 544,300 in the first half of 2015.

According to the report, the improvement comes from greater sales in Škoda’s core markets of Europe and China, as well as a recovery in Russia sales.

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