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Ford India announced on Friday an expansion of last year’s recall of Ford Figo hatchback and Ford Classic (old Fiesta) sedan models with the addition of a further 1.66 lakh vehicles, taking the total number of vehicles recalled to almost 3 lakh units. Last year, 1.28 lakh units were recalled over the same problem. Done in two phases, this makes it the largest such auto recall in the country for a single product.
The problem in the vehicles is related to “potential issues” in the rear suspension and power steering, with some overlaps of vehicles that may have both problems. However, no injuries or accidents have yet been reported due to the defects, the US-based company said in a statement.
“Ford India is extending its existing voluntary Field Service Action (FSA) and will recall the remaining batches of Ford Figo and Ford Classic models to inspect them for potential issues related to the rear twist beam (RTB) and the power-assisted steering (PAS) hose. This is to ensure the safety and satisfaction of our customers by inspecting and replacing any potentially affected parts as required,” the company said.
Vehicle owners are being contacted via notification letters through its nationwide dealership network.
In the second phase of the recall, with respect to the RTB, a total of 131,922 Ford Figo and Classic vehicles produced and sold from January 2011 till June 2012 will need to be inspected.
In the case of the PAS hose, a total of 34,099 units of Figo and Classic produced and sold in India from January 2010-August 2010 and March 2011-November 2011 will be inspected.
Till date, the largest auto recall in the country had been for 1.4 lakh units of the Tata Nano in December 2011 for replacement of the starter motor.
In 2013, Ford’s recall notice will be the 10th after General Motors’ recall of the Sail and Tavera, apart from Mahindra & Mahindra, Nissan, Renault, Honda and Toyota Kirloskar.
The spate of auto recalls has increased since the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers last year announced a voluntary auto recall code, pre-empting the government’s own mandatory code which is now in the works and will likely get implemented next year.