The Czech manufacturer reports a manufacturing fault may have damaged the detent lever of the child lock, which can result in the active child lock being switched off without warning.
If the fault occurs, a child could potentially open a rear door with the child lock on, which could obstruct the path of a third party, posing a risk of injury to that third party and to occupants of the vehicle. The vehicle could also be damaged as a result.
Owners of the affected Octavia and Rapid vehicles will be contacted via mail. For more information, customers can contact their local service centre or contact Volkswagen customer care on 1800 607 822.