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Audi recalls 382 units of SUV Q7 in India

German luxury car maker Audi is recalling 382 units of its premium sports utility vehicle (SUV) Q7 in India manufactured in March-December 2012 to replace faulty vacuum lines in brake systems as part of a global exercise.

The Indian arm, also recalling 850,000 units of the A4 sedan globally to repair defective air bags, said it was yet to receive details from the parent on its implications on the models in India.

On the Q7 recall, Audi India said its dealers would get in touch "with Q7 customers across India and arrange for an appointment at their workshop for vacuum-line replacement."

The process will take half an hour and will be carried out for free, it said.

The campaign had started from September 25 and so far 197 cars have been covered.

Audi had recalled 70,000 units of sedans A4, A5, A6 and A7 and SUVs Q5 and Q7 to replace vacuum lines.

In another development, last week the German firm had announced that it would recall 8.5 lakh units of A4 sedan globally. Nearly half of the units were sold in China and Germany.

When contacted, an Audi India spokesperson said the company was yet to get details from the headquarter in Germany about the A4 recall and it would be able to share information next week.

Ever since auto industry body SIAM started voluntary vehicle recall for safety related issues in India in July 2012, over seven lakh vehicles have been recalled by various manufacturers including Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra, Toyota, Ford, Honda and General Motors.

On Monday Honda Cars India (HCIL) announced recall of 2,338 units of its hatchback Brio, compact sedan Amaze and sports utility vehicle CR-V manufactured between September 2011 and July 2014 to replace a faulty part related to airbags.

Last week Nissan had announced recall of 9,000 units of its compact car Micra and mid-sized sedan Sunny in India to replace defective airbags as part of a global recall.