India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India will recall 13,157 Swift, Ritz and Dzire Diesel cars whose engines have been manufactured between13th November 2010 and 4th December 2010 for a possible connecting rod bolt replacement.
The diesel Swift, Dzire and Ritz forms the chunk of sales in the respective segments. All the 3 cars having 2-4 months waiting period. The company will replace connecting rod bolt free of cost that causes abnormal noise in the engine. The new part has been despatched to the dealer workshops and dealers will contact the owners of the affected cars.
This is Maruti’s third major recall in the past one year. Its A-Star model had a problem in the fuel tank forcing the company to carry out necessary rectifications in 100,000 units across domestic and overseas markets in February 2010. In July 2010, the company had recalled 6,000 units of its largest selling Alto hatchback, produced in April 2010, to fix an ignition a problem. However, the company said that the rise in technical problems is not connected to the increase in production.
Mr Mayank Pareek Managing Executive Officer, Marketing and Sales, defended the situation by saying,
‘We have robust production processes conforming to global standards and there is no possibility of any deviation in quality in our cars. It is a proactive measure from our side and customers should be informed’.
The dealers will contact the car owners directly. But if you suspect that your car was also purchased after the specific time frame, you can check the website www.marutisuzuki.com to ascertain if your car also needs a replacement. You will need the engine number that is embossed on vehicle ID plate. Alternatively, you can contact your nearest dealer.