To protect the safety and security of the Maruti customers, the company announced a recall of almost 77,000 Baleno hatchback, to upgrade an airbag software and fix other problems. In addition, it will also recall 1,961 units of compact sedan DZire with auto gear shift to replace fuel filter.
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 faulty fuel filter.
The recall will include both petrol as well as diesel cars, as well as the exported units; and it will definitely be a big cost for the company. Maruti Suzuki dealers will contact the owners of the affected vehicles starting May 31st.
Being India’s largest car manufacturer, it was the prime responsibility of the company to consider these safety issues before the release date. But fortunately, no major accidents or damage has been reported by any car owner as of now.
Even though India doesn’t have a law for recall of vehicles, but the auto industry body SIAM started voluntary vehicle recalls for safety-related issues since July 2012.
“In India, there are no guidelines for recall but the good thing is OEMs are doing this proactively. With new products coming in, supply chain is becoming more complex and auto makers have to keep inspecting to address such glitches,” said PWC spokesperson.
Analysts see this as maturing of the local industry, wherein even last week car manufacturer Ford recalled 49,000 units of its Ford Eco Sport model.