The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) implemented the voluntary recall code in 2012 to improve safety and consumer rights. It took some time for the vehicle makers to become comfortable with the idea of publicly accepting a fault in their vehicle and replacing it free of cost. Now though, companies seem fairly comfortable with this policy and 2015 was testimony to this changing thought process. More than 1.8 million vehicles have been recalled between 2012 and 2015, of which 2015 alone accounts for more than a million vehicles. The ongoing year 2016 isn't any different as multiple manufacturers have issued recalls for their vehicles. In this feature we bring to you the key automotive recalls issued in 2016.
Ford India: In May, 2016, Ford India issued a recall for 48,700 EcoSport compact SUVs in order to fix potential problems. 48,000 vehicles manufactured between April 2013 and June 2014 were included in this recall for installation of a new bundle clip on the fuel and brake lines. Remaining 700 vehicles were recalled for a problem with the 60:40 rear folding seat. Herein the 40 % folding seat might have been assembled with bolts not meeting Ford's specifications, causing them to break. The company clarified that it hadn't received any complaints regarding these issues and no safety-related incidents were reported.
Volkswagen India: Global headlines were studded with Volkswagen when it got engulfed in the well-known diesel emission scandal. Although Volkswagen vehicles weren't reported to be cheating on emissions by the aid of software in India, ARAI did report variations in on-road emissions of certain models. In June 2016, Volkswagen India announced to recall 3,23,000 cars, of which 1,90,000 account for Volkswagen alone. 88,700 vehicles from Skoda and 36,500 vehicles from Audi form the remaining part of the total issued recall. The company claimed the recall was done to update the emission software on its vehicles in line with its similar move carried out in the US.
Honda Cars India Limited: In February, 2016, Honda announced the recall of 57, 676 units across the City, Jazz, and Civic model range. The recall intended to fix faulty airbags on the models manufactured between January 2012 and June 2013. This recall was part of Honda's global exercise and includes 49,752 units of City, 7,504 units of Jazz and 600 units of Civic. Repairs were carried out free of cost for this exercise by Honda.
Maruti Suzuki: In May, 2016, Maruti Suzuki announced its largest recall till date, spanning more than 75,000 Baleno premium hatchbacks and close to 2,000 Swift Dzire AGS versions. The 75,419 Balenos recalled included petrol and diesel models and were required to undergo an airbag controller software upgrade. Of the 75,000 + Balenos recalled, 15,995 cars underwent an additional faulty fuel filter inspection and replacement. 1,960 Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire cars with Auto Gear Shift (AGS) were recalled for inspection and replacement of a faulty fuel filter. In the same month earlier, Maruti Suzuki had issued a recall for 20,427 units of the S-Cross, covering both the DDiS 320 and DDiS 200. The faulty part in discussion was a brake part, which could've caused brake fluid seepage. This part was eventually replaced as per requirement by the company.
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