New Delhi, Apr 6: Just over a year after it recalled one lakh A-Star cars, the country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India today announced a similar move involving 13,157 units of its three popular diesel models -- Dzire, Swift and Ritz, to rectify a faulty engine part.
"Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) today announced that it will inspect the 'Connecting Rod Bolt' for 13,157 units of Swift Dzire, Swift and Ritz diesel cars with engines manufactured between November 13, 2010, and December 4, 2010," the company said in a statement.
Of the total recalls, 4,505 units will be of Swift Dzire, 6,841 units of Swift and 1,811 units of Ritz diesel cars.
"If the connecting rod bolt is found defective, the company will replace the component free of cost," it added.
MSI, however, said no other vehicles in the range or the exported cars are impacted.
The company's dealers will contact owners of the cars and the new part has already been dispatched to the workshops.
Meanwhile, the company's stock fell 2.12 per cent to Rs 1,285.15 on the Bombay Stock Exchange. It later settled at Rs 1,294.65 a piece, down 1.40 per cent over previous close.
Last February, in the largest ever recall exercise in the Indian automotive industry to date, MSI announced to call back one lakh units of its flagship export model A-Star to replace a faulty fuel pump gasket. The recalled cars belonged to a lot made till August 22, 2009.
MSI had earlier recalled its hatchback Swift in 2005 to change bolts to reduce the front suspension noise in Swift petrol, and in 2007 electronic control units of Swift diesel. It had also replaced speedometers in M800 and Omni in 2008.
Apart from MSI, other car makers have also recently recalled a number of their models. In February this year, Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI) announced recall of 57,853 units of its mid-sized sedan City to replace a faulty engine part, as part of a global exercise.
In January 2010, Honda recalled 8,532 units of its second generation City sedan, manufactured in 2007, in India due to defective power window switch.
Last year, Tata Motors had asked its small car Nano's customers to bring back their cars to add safety devices free of cost to prevent the vehicles from catching fire, but insisted that it was not a "recall."
In 2007 also, HSCI had recalled about 4,000 units of its sports utility vehicle CR-V and 2,300 units of the luxury sedan Accord in a move described by the company as product update. This led to total replacement and change in design of CR-V's fuel tank and upgradation of fuel relay in Accord.
Likewise, in 2008, Skoda had recalled the petrol version of its hatchback Fabia to rectify a technical glitch that affected the car's fuel efficiency.
German luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz had recalled 'some' units of the E-Class model from the Indian market in 2004-05 to update the car's software systems.
Just after the commercial launch of its passenger car Indica in 1999, Tata Motors too attended a few complaints on "some very minor" issues. PTI