Toyota Motors India (Toyota Kirloskar Motors) announced to recall 41,000 units of their newly launched Etios sedan and Liva hatchback variants in the country. These Etios and Liva variants have been installed with a faulty fuel tank inlet pipe which needs to be replaced. Though TKM has stated that this is not a recall, as they believe it is a “safety campaign.”
Mr Sandeep Singh, Deputy MD, TKM, said, “It is a proactive approach by us. This development is not at all dangerous but as per Toyota’s worldwide policy, we are informing customers that they can come to dealers at their convenient time and replace the pipe.”
Because of this faulty filler hose, there is a chance of fuel leakage due to a breakage in the pipe when the tank is filled to the brim, leading to fuel leakage. “It will not take more than 30-45 minutes. This is not recall, it is a safety campaign,” Mr Singh added.
The customers can contact their nearest dealers for making and appointment for the procedure to be carried out properly. This is probably the largest car recall by Toyota in India. One the reasons for it being the largest recall is that so far Toyota Etios and Etios Liva has sold higher number of units in the short span after they have been launched. Etios and Liva are two products which have been developed specially for Indian market and thus there have been lots of cost cutting measures, optimization in the use of material etc. to achieve a high economy affordable car for India.