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Maruti set to press Dzire recall button

New Delhi, April 8: Maruti Suzuki India is likely to recall as many as 1.5 lakh Swift Dzire compact sedans. The company, however, declined to confirm or deny the move.

Industry sources dubbed it as the largest recall by any car company in India for a specific model.

According to sources, the country’s largest car maker will recall the refreshed variants of the Dzire available for Rs 4.85-7.32 lakh and manufactured between 2013 and 2014.

Though officials refused to confirm the development, industry sources said the company had already started to replace the faulty fuel neck filler, which is connected to the fuel tank, in unsold units at dealerships.

“Maruti will be recalling the Swift Dzires manufactured between 2013 and 2014. However, the replacement of the faulty part in unsold inventories of dealers will not per se amount to recall,” an industry source said.

The company sold 1,97,685 units of the Dzire in 2013-14. In March, it sold 17,237 units in the domestic market.

Officials of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam) said Maruti had not informed them about the recall. In November, the company had recalled 1,492 units of the Ertiga, Swift, Dzire and the A-Star manufactured in October 2013 to rectify a possible problem with the steering column.

The company’s last big recall was in February 2010 when it replaced a fuel pump part in about one lakh units of its flagship export model A-Star. In 2011, too, Maruti Suzuki had ordered the inspection of around 13,157 cars, including the Swift, Dzire and the Ritz, for possible problems with the connecting rod bolts.

Automobile companies have been proactive in recalling vehicles to address safety issues since Siam initiated a voluntary recall policy in 2012.

In July last year, Ford India had recalled 1,000 models of the diesel variant of the EcoSport within a fortnight of its launch to rectify defects in the instrument used to start the engine.

In September, it again announced the recall of 1,66,021 units of the Figo hatchback and the Classic sedan to fix problems of steering and rear suspension.

General Motor India had also recalled 1.14 lakh units of its multi-purpose vehicle Chevrolet Tavera last year.

, manufactured between 2005 and 2013, to address emission and specification issues.

BUMPY RIDE

  • Model: Refreshed variant of Swift Dzire
  • Units: 1.5 lakh
  • Price: Rs 4.85-7.32 lakh
  • Produced in: 2013-14
  • Fault detected in: Fuel neck filler
 
 
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