US car major Ford India has initiated a move to inspect rear axles of 110,000 cars - the biggest ever car recall in India - looking for a defect that may result in poor handling and unstable braking.
The company will also replace the power steering hoses in 17,665 cars. It may lead to steering fluid coming into contact with the vehicle's exhaust components, creating a potential for smoke and, in extreme cases, fire.
The recall covers two of Ford's largest selling cars in the country - Figo and Fiesta sedan, sold as the Ford Classic - and outnumbers the 100,000 A-Star cars recalled by Maruti Suzuki in February 2010.
A company spokesperson said, "Customers can log on to our website and enter the vehicle identification number to know if they are covered under this scheme."
The company has also written to its customers asking them to bring in their vehicles for inspection.
The 110,000 Figos and Fiestas produced between January 2008 and December 2010 will go through rear twist beam and rear axle inspection. Not all of them may require part replacement.
The rest 17,665 units of the two cars produced between September 2010 and February 2011 are petrol variants and will have their power steering hoses replaced.