Japanese auto giant Honda Motor Coporation started 2011 just like it did in 2010, recalling nearly 700,000 cars globally due to defective motion springs that can stall engines and create problems in re-starting.
The recall covers 57,893 units of its best selling mid-size sedan Honda City in India that were manufactured between November 2008 and December 2009.
The motion springs would be replaced free of cost and the firm said it has begun the process of contacting each of its customers on Thursday.
“The dealerships have been updated about the part replacement and the new part is being dispatched to the dealerships in phases for a smooth execution, to avoid any inconvenience to the customers,” the company said, adding that the City that is being currently being sold in India is not affected.
In Japan, the defective parts had been found in Honda’s Freed compact minivan, Fit compact car (sold as Jazz in India) and City sedan. Honda Siel Cars India said Jazz is not affected by the current recall as the car in India is powered by a smaller 1.2 litre gasoline engine.
In Japan, 72 complaints had been registered in this regard while in India, Honda said it found the defect only in 5 cases but decided to replace the parts in all the cars produced during that period as a “proactive measure”.