US car major General Motors on Monday said the recall of 58,000 vehicles in South Korea will have no impact on its operations in India, as none of its vehicles need to be recalled from here.
The carmaker recalled 45,957 units of Winstorm sports utlilty vehicles and 12,604 units of Lacetti Premiere compact sedans due to problems in their steering wheels or fuel hoses. Winstorm SUV is known as Chevrolet Captiva and Lacetti Premiere as Chevrolet Cruze in other parts of the world, including India.
“There is absolutely no connection of the recalls in Korea to the Indian operations and as such there are no recalls here,” said P Balendran, Vice President (Corporate Affairs), General Motors India. “The recalls only cover left hand drive vehicles while India is a right hand drive market. Though the Captiva is imported into the country as complete built unit from Korea, the car anyway was launched later than the time frame for which the recalls are stipulated.”
The recalls in Korea affect Captiva units sold between April 1, 2006 and December 31, 2007 and Cruze sedans sold between September 25, 2009 and March 2, 2010. In India, the Captiva was launched in January 2008 while the Cruze was launched in October last year. The Cruze is built locally here and assembled in the company’s Talegaon plant.
The GM recalls follow a long list of recalls by almost all major global car manufacturers including Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, Suzuki, Nissan, Hyundai, Citroen and Peugeot. India though, has largely remained unaffected with only 8,500 units of its best selling sedan Honda City and around 30,000 units of Maruti’s A Star being subject to recalls.