Ford India on Friday announced the recall of 3,072 units of the Fiesta diesel to replace the ‘Glow Plug Control Module’, a component used to heat the engine in cold starts. The voluntary recall will be free of charge to the consumer, Ford said, adding that no accidents have been reported for this defect.
“We have initiated a Field Service Action to correct a product concern on 3,072 Ford Fiesta TDCi vehicles. Ford is writing to customers and asking them to contact their local Ford dealer so that a new design, waterproof Glow Plug Control Module can be installed free of charge,” the company said in a statement.
A similar problem in the glow plug module had also led Ford to recall about 1,000 units of the newly launched EcoSport diesel in July, 2013. Ford India had last initiated a major recall in September, 2013 for 1.66 units of the Figo and Classic (old Fiesta) models. This was an expansion of a 2012 recall of 1.28 lakh units for issues in the rear suspension and power steering and on a combined basis was the largest-ever auto recall in India.
The most recent vehicle recall in the domestic market was done by Honda and Nissan in October this year to replace defective Takata airbags as part of a global recall. Nissan recalled about 9,000 units of the Micra hatch and Sunny sedans, while Honda recalled 2,338 Brio, Amaze and CR-V models.
Auto recalls by carmakers like Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, Honda and General Motors, have gathered pace in India since 2012 when industry association Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers adopted a ‘voluntary recall code’. However, the government is now finalising a mandatory recall policy with heavy penalties that will be a part of the new Central Motor Vehicle Rules. These rules are expected to be adopted soon.