Maruti Suzuki announced on Friday a recall of 1,81,754 units of passenger vehicles. The vehicles are being recalled to inspect and rectify possible safety defects. This is the largest recall exercise by the largest carmaker and third largest by any four-wheeler manufacturer in the country.
The affected cars include Ciaz, Ertiga, Vitara Brezza, S- Cross and XL6 which were manufactured between 4th of May 2018 and 27th of October, 2020.
“In the interest of customers, Maruti Suzuki has decided to voluntarily recall the affected vehicles for inspection/replacement of the Motor Generator Unit, free of cost. Affected vehicle owners would be receiving a communication from Maruti Suzuki authorised workshops,” the company said in a regulatory filing.
Vehicle owners can check if their vehicle is also in the list for the recalled vehicles. The procedure is simple to check. Look up the recall list through an online check using the vehicle’s chassis number.
The repairs will be conducted in a phased manner from the first week of november, 2021. Until then, Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has advised customers to avoid driving in waterlogged areas and spraying water directly on electrical or electronic parts of the vehicle.
This recall comes in as the second recall in less than 10 month period. In November, 2020 the carmaker had recalled 40,453 units of the EECO to fix an issue with the vehicle’s headlamp. Maruti announced a recall for about 1.37 lakh units of WagonR (1 litre) and Baleno for a possible issue with the fuel pump.
Carmakers such as Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), Hyundai Motor India and Toyota Kirloskar Motor saw recalls happening in recent times due to malfunctioning of certain equipment. For example, M&M recalled 29,878 units of its pickup vehicles last month. The problem was a faulty fluid pipe and its improper assembly which was replaced. This was the third time in 2021 when M&M had issued a recall.
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