Smoking gun: General Motors India recalls 4,000 units of Sail sedan diesel variant

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The recall will affect 2,910 units of the sedan version of Sail and 1,090 units of compact car variant of the model. (AP) The recall will affect 2,910 units of the sedan version of Sail and 1,090 units of compact car variant of the model. (AP)
SummaryThe recall will affect 2,910 units of the sedan version of Sail and 1,090 units of compact car variant of the model.

General Motors India on Tuesday said it is recalling 4,000 units of the diesel variant of its Sail model to address a potential engine issue.

The recall will affect 2,910 units of the sedan version of Sail and 1,090 units of compact car variant of the model. This comes close on the heels of the company recalling 1.14 lakh units of its multi-purpose vehicle Tavera in July this year regarding emission issues.

GM India, however, said this latest issue is not related to the Tavera recall.

"Our customers are at the centre of everything we do... Quality is our highest priority. However, if there is an issue, we ensure that it is corrected as soon as possible as part of our complete commitment to customer satisfaction," GM India Vice President P Balendran said.

He said the recall is to rectify a problem at the crankshaft hub bolt, which has the potential to impact the performance of the 1.3-litre diesel engine.

GM India has restarted production and sales of the diesel variants of Chevrolet Sail, which were stopped on June 3 due to the engine issue, he added.

"The company is notifying customers individually how and when to bring in their vehicles for inspection. The affected vehicles will be repaired free of charge at GMI's 278 service centres across the country," Balendran added.

GM India did not specify the manufacturing dates of the Sail that will be affected by the recall. While the Sail compact version was launched in November last year, the sedan variant was launched in February this year.

The recall is the latest in a series made by automobile manufacturers in India since industry body SIAM announced a voluntary recall based on safety last July. Over 3 lakh units of automobiles have been recalled so far by various companies, including Ford, Toyota, Mahindra & Mahindra, Nisssan, Renault and Yamaha.

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