American car manufacturer, Ford India has recalled 1,66,021 units of the Figo hatchback and the Classic (earlier known as Fiesta) sedan, in what is one of the largest car recalls ever in India. These possibly defective vehicles were manufactured in the period between January 2010 and June 2012. Ford has stated that the problem could lie in the steering system or the rear suspension setup.
The recalled cars will be checked for issues related to the rear twist beam and power assisted steering hose. Both parts will be inspected for issues and if found defective, will be replaced free of cost to the customer. The company is contacting owners of the potentially affected vehicles through notification letters. Customers can also reach their nearest local Ford dealers.
This is the second such recall that Ford India has issued for the Figo and the Classic, for the same issue. Earlier in August-2012, Ford India had recalled the same models Figo and the Classic to fix problems related to steering system and rear suspension. 1,28,000 cars were covered in the previous recall. The latest recall is a continuation of the previous such effort.
Ford’s recall is the eighth major car recall in the Indian car market in 2013, and highest in any single year. The company said that it has not received any complaints over the two parts being audited, and no injuries or accidents related to them have been reported so far.