General Motors India has issued a recall for its Chevrolet Cruze sedan, manufactured between 2009 and 2011. This puts the number at around 22,000 cars from all across the country, and has affected both the manual and automatic transmission models. The recall has been issued to fix stalling at low speeds due to loss of ignition. Chevrolet says that the repairs will take no longer than an hour to complete and the owners of affected cars will be contacted. Chevrolet also stated that the defect would be fixed at no extra charge.
Customers can also avail the pick-up and drop options in case of any inconvenience. The company has stated that the recall is voluntary (as there is no formal policy to recall vehicles) and will not affect the safety of the cars.
General Motors is no stranger to vehicle recalls. In July 2013, GM India’s Chevrolet arm recalled 1.14 lakh Tavera units built between 2005 and 2013 to address emission issues. A year later, General Motors was also involved in a major controversy regarding ignition switches, where the engine would shut-off without warning, resulting in the failure to deploy the airbags in the event of a collision. This resulted in as many as 30 million cars being recalled from the world over.
General Motors global has also recalled trucks and SUVs from its subsidiaries, Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac, for the 2016-2017 models. The reason being the vehicle’s steering could be compromised due to defective welds, causing the control arms to separate from the bushings and increasing the risk of a crash.
In the recent past, large number recalls have become more prominent in India as well. Honda India issued one of its biggest recalls ever in September 2015. Around 2.24 lakh cars were recalled to replace the airbag inflators of the CR-V, City, Jazz and Civic models built between 2003 and 2012, whereas the diesel variants of the City and Mobilio were recalled in December 2015 for faulty fuel return pipes. A similar recall was issued in July 2016, where 1.9 lakh Honda cars in India were affected.
Another Indian manufacturer that issued a recall recently is Maruti Suzuki. It recalled 75,500 units of the Baleno and 2,000 units of the Swift Dzire in May 2016 to upgrade their airbag controllers of cars manufactured between August 2015 and March 2016. Along with that, around 2,000 units of the Swift Dzire were also recalled to replace faulty air filters.