A defect in the fuel neck filler of the Swift DZire has prompted Maruti Suzuki to recall nearly 1.5 lakh units of the car. The DZire has been India`s largest selling compact sedan and the number of cars recalled is very close the annual production number of the car.
The recall is for vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2014 after the OEM, JBM, informed Maruti about the problem. Maruti, which has a 29.28% stake in JBM, says the company has already started production for the replacement part.
Of the number of cars recalled, not all have been delivered to the customers so it won`t cost the company as much. The Dzire, although a very popular model, has not had a smooth ride. Many of the 1,492 units recalled by Maruti for a faulty steering column in November last year were Dzires apart from the Ertiga, A-Star and the Swift.
This is not the first time MS has faced such a big problem, in 2010 it recalled 1 lakh units (including international models) of the A-Star hatch for a faulty gasket in the fuel pump.
MS is not the only one facing such problems though. Ford recalled a total of 1.66 lakh units in 2012 and 2013 of the Figo and (Fiesta) Classic to fix problems with steering and rear suspension. General Motors recalled 1.14 lakh models of the Tavera when it was brought to notice that the engine did not meet emission norms.
Whether or not the Swift hatchback will also be included in the vehicles recalled cannot be confirmed as MS has not released an official statement yet. Underneath the car are very similar and share a lot of parts. MS is expected to issue a statement soon announcing the recall and clarifying the exact problem.
The Swift Dzire was launched in 2008 and has since become India`s second largest selling car after the Alto averaging nearly 10,000 units per month.