Maruti recalls 75,419 Balenos over airbag software

Auto maker’s largest single-brand recall till date; recall also covers 1,961 units of Dzire diesel variants

By: | Published: May 28, 2016 7:38 AM

Maruti Suzuki on Friday announced a recall of 75,419 units of its premium hatchback Baleno to upgrade the airbag controller software. This would be the largest single-brand recall for the company till date, and also comes just a week after it announced a recall of about 20,427 units of the premium crossover S-Cross.

The previous largest single-brand recall for the company has been for the Swift in April 2014, when it recalled over 47,000 units of the popular hatchback. The April 2014 recall also included the Swift Dzire and the Ertiga models, taking the total number of units recalled to 1,03,311.

“Maruti Suzuki will proactively and voluntarily recall 75,419 Baleno cars, both petrol and diesel, manufactured between August 3, 2015, and May 17, 2016, to upgrade the airbag controller software,” the company said in a statement. This, in effect, means a recall of the entire production lot of the premium hatchback since its launch in India in October 2015. Of these, 15,995 diesel Baleno cars manufactured between August 3, 2015 and March 22, 2016 will also be attended to for inspection and replacement of a faulty fuel filter, it added. The Baleno cars covered in the recall include 17,231 export units. The recall also covers 1,961 units of Dzire diesel variants for fixing a faulty fuel filter, Maruti said.

Starting May 31, 2016, owners of the vehicles covered will be contacted by Maruti Suzuki dealers. The software upgrade and the replacement of faulty fuel filter will be done free of cost, the company said.

On May 19, the company had announced a free service campaign for 20,427 units of its premium crossover model S-Cross for a possible replacement of a faulty brake part. In March 2015, Maruti had recalled 33,098 units of the Alto 800 and the Alto K10 manufactured between December 8, 2014, and February 18, 2015, to rectify defective latches on right side doors. In September 2014, Maruti had recalled 69,555 units of the Dzire, Swift and Ritz.

Ever since the auto industry body SIAM started voluntary vehicle recalls for safety-related issues in India in July 2012, over 18 lakh vehicles have been recalled by various manufacturers in India.

On May 20, Ford India announced a voluntary recall of 48,700 units of popular SUV EcoSport to fix bundle clips on fuel and brake lines, and rear folding seats.

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