Renault to recall 7016 Scala and Pulse cars in India
Renault to recall the Scala and the Pulse
Renault, on Tuesday, became the third car manufacturer to announce a recall within the past seven days. The first being Nissan, who recalled the Sunny and Micra, followed by Toyota recalling units of its Corolla Altis diesel. The French car-maker has issued a voluntary recall for 7,016 units of its Pulse and Scala models manufactured at its Chennai plant to replace a faulty master brake cylinder.
Renault will be recalling a total of 2,836 Pulse hatchbacks and 4,180 units of the Scala sedan. These units were manufactured between June 2012 and March 2013. Company sources claim the recall exercise is to maintain a high level of customer safety and service quality. "This is a proactive measure as part of our global policy and a follow-up to our partner Nissan's exercise last week," said a Renault India spokesperson. "Customers will be contacted by the dealers and an appointment will be fixed. This should not take more than 40 minutes," he concluded. The faulty cars may experience longer brake pedal travel during braking and customers who own these cars might not be able to push the brake that hard, hence the risk. Renault said it will replace the master brake cylinder and brake fluid in all the affected cars at no extra cost.
Renault manufactures these cars with its global coalition partner, Nissan Motors. The Pulse comes from the same stable as Nissan's Micra and Sunny. Considering that the components used across this stable are similar, Renault's recall comes as no surprise. Nissan had recalled 67,089 units of the Micra and Sunny models which were affected in its global markets in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Of these faulty units, 22,188 were sold in the Indian market. However, Renault's recall is limited only to India as both Pulse and Scala are meant only for the domestic market.
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