NEW DELHI: The country’s leading carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has recalled 77,380 vehicles to upgrade the airbag controller software and replace a faulty fuel filter of two of its fast-selling models — the Baleno premium hatchback and the Swift DZire compact sedan.
The company said on Friday its dealers will reach out to buyers of these vehicles from May 31.
It will recall 75,419 Balenos, including 17,231 units of exports, manufactured between August 3, 2015 and May 17, 2016. The airbag controller software of these cars will be upgraded. Also, the carmaker will recall 1,961 DZire diesel cars with auto-shift gear technology to inspect and replace a faulty fuel filter. This is Maruti’s second recall in the past couple of weeks. It announced on May 19 a recall of 20,427 units of its premium S-Cross crossover cars to inspect faulty brake parts and replace them.
Recalls are not new in the auto industry. Toyota recalled 9 million vehicles in 2009, including popular models such as Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Matrix, Highlander, Prius, Tundra and Tacoma. The operation cost Toyota $5 billion and displaced the Corolla from the global highest-selling-car position.
More recently, American auto major Ford recalled 48,700 units of its compact SUV EcoSport in India for faulty fuel filter, brake lines and rear seat backrest.
Auto industry lobby SIAM laid down the voluntary vehicle recall policy in July 2012. Since then automakers have recalled more than 1.2 million vehicles.