Recall is for vehicles manufactured between December 1, 2017 and March 16, 2018. Maruti joins seven other manufactures in making a recall in 2018 so far
Maruti Suzuki India, the country’s largest car maker, will undertake a 'service campaign' for new Swift and Baleno models to inspect a possible fault in the brake vacuum hose.
Around 52,686 new Swift and Baleno vehicles manufactured between December 1, 2017 and March 16, 2018, will be covered in this campaign.
Starting May 14, owners of the vehicles included in this service campaign will be contacted by dealers for inspection and replacement of the faulty part.
The inspection and replacement will be done free of cost for the customer.
Service campaigns are undertaken globally by automobile companies to rectify faults that may potentially cause inconvenience to customers.
Both the models are built on the same platform and share a common architecture. The Swift and Baleno enjoy a strong demand with a waiting period for deliveries even extending to a few weeks. The Delhi-based company has not termed the exercise as a recall but 'a service campaign to address a potential inconvenience to the customer'.
With this, the automotive industry has so far this calendar year recalled nearly 1.4 lakh units to fix faults including untimely inflation of airbags or a malfunction in its deployment, sudden engagement of neutral gear when vehicle is in motion and loss of control of vehicle in high speed.
The recall figure this year is significantly higher than the what was recalled in the whole of last year, which stood at 80500 units.
Mercedes-Benz India, Toyota Kirloskar, Honda Cars India, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, India Kawasaki Motors, Suzuki Motorcycle India and Triumph Motorcycle have recalled vehicles in the current calendar year.
India does not have a formal recall policy yet despite assurances from the government in the past of putting a legal framework in place for recalls.
So far, auto manufacturers have been guided by the Voluntary Code on Vehicle Recall (Code), formulated by SIAM. However, since the Code has been formulated by the apex lobby body and adherence to the same is voluntary, it has no legal binding effect. In the US, vehicle owners can drag manufacturers to court for damage claims.At present, there is no proposal under consideration in the Department of Heavy Industries to levy fine on manufacturers for faulty vehicles.