New Delhi, Sept. 13: Ford India today said it would recall 1,66,021 units of its compact car Figo and Classic sedan to sort out problems related to steering and rear suspension.
“Ford India is extending its existing voluntary Field Service Action (FSA) and will recall the remaining batches of the Ford Figo and the Ford Classic models to inspect them for potential issues related to the rear twist beam and the power assisted steering hose,” a company release said.
The recall will impact different batches of the Figo and Classic models manufactured between January 2010 and June 2012.
It is the biggest recall in the country since industry body Siam (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) introduced voluntary recall based on safety in July 2012.
The rear twist beam helps to hold the tyres together for steering manoeuvers.
According to Ford, the rear twist beam of 1,09,469 units of the Figo and 22,453 Classic models sold from January 2011 to June 2012 will have to be inspected but will not necessarily need replacements.
In the case of the power assisted steering hose, 30,681 units of the Figo and 3,418 units of the Classic sold from January 2010 to August 2010 and from March 2011 to November 2011 will be inspected and then replaced.
“This is to ensure the safety and satisfaction of our customers by inspecting and replacing any potentially affected parts as required. Ford India will continue to drive this service initiative through its authorised dealers,” the company said.
No injuries or accidents related to the two parts have been reported, Ford added.
Last year, in August, Ford had recalled over 1.28 lakh units of the Figo and Classic cars to check the steering and rear suspension.
The recall had impacted cars made between January 2008 and December 2010, and from September 2010 till February 2011.
In July this year, General Motors had recalled 1.14 lakh units of its multi-purpose vehicle Chevrolet Tavera, manufactured between 2005 and 2013, to address emission and specification norms. The issue led to the dismissal of as many as 25 executives.
In September again, General Motors recalled 4,000 units of the diesel variant of its Sail model to rectify a problem at the crankshaft hub bolt, which had the potential to impact the performance of the 1.3-litre diesel engine.
Ford India had earlier said a potential crack in the rear twist beam first manifests itself in the form of an abnormal noise from the rear. If the vehicle continues to be driven and the noise is ignored, it could lead to the beam unit breaking, resulting in diminished ride and handling and brake performance and rendering the vehicle inoperable.
In the case of the steering hose issue, the company had said there was potential for developing an oil leak, which could result in potential fumes being emitted from the area causing the leak.
German car maker Volkswagen today launched a variant of its compact hatchback Polo GT TDI in India, priced at Rs 8.08 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new variant, which comes with a 1.6-litre diesel engine, will be on sale from today, Volkswagen said in a statement.
“We are committed to bringing in the latest and the most efficient vehicle technologies to the Indian market,” said Arvind Saxena, managing director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars .