I have not experienced this. I would go with your first guess. To accomplish the "PARK/Emergency Brake/Parking Brake" with enough fail-safe confidence to hold the car unattended on the side of a mountain, I have to surmise they lock and load the hydraulic brake system. Probably by using a servo-motor and check valve, or similar, to run up and maintain a high pressure at the disks and drums. This is my first guess. Maybe VW TECHNICIAN will know with certainty. I've always wondered if there is an equivalent to a parking pawl in the motor transfer case. I sure haven't ever felt or heard any evidence that there is.