Posted Sat, 05/15/2010 - 20:02 by Anonymous
The ‘car recall’ stigma has now embraced Japanese carmaker Suzuki Motor Corp that has recalled the automatic transmission version of its compact car 'Alto' in Europe. However, this recall is not going to affect India in any way. The car model that is being recalled in the European car market is sold under the brand name of Maruti Suzuki A-Star in India.
The reason why the Maruti A Star recall is not a worry for India is because Maruti Suzuki India, producer of A-star at its Manesar plant, does not sell the automatic transmission version in India. Maruti A Star started selling in 2009 in Europe and it is Maruti Suzuki’s first export model. Suzuki had to recall the A-star in February as well because of faulty fuel punp gasket. So, this would be the company’s second recall this year. It is estimated that the automatic transmission version accounts for about 10 per cent of total of over one lakh units of 'Alto' (A-Star) that Suzuki sold in Europe last year. This would amount to about 10,000 units of the automatic transmission version.
This is not the first time Maruti Suzuki is recalling cars. The company recalled its hatchback Maruti Swift in 2005 and 2007 to change bolts to reduce the front suspension noise and set right electronic control units respectively. The company also had to replace speedometers in Maruti 800 and Maruti Omni in 2008.