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The infamous vehicle recalls
Although the car industry is no stranger to recalls, a first case for two-wheeler sector
By : Shantanu Bhattacharji | Published : November 21, 2012
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On November 19 , 2012, Honda recalled 11,500 units of its premium bike — CBR 250R — in the country because of a defective brake system. These models were produced between March 2011 and September 2012.

At present, the standard variant of the CBR 250R is available at Rs 1.48 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

 

 

Over the past couple of years, a number of car manufacturers has resorted to recalls; however, this is the first time a two-wheeler maker in India has had to do it.

In July 2012, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam) had notified a “voluntary code on vehicle recall” for passenger vehicle, two-wheeler and commercial vehicle manufacturers. Under this policy, car companies declare any defect in vehicles on their own. However, they are not held accountable for the defects.

In developed economies such as the US, Europe and Japan, recall norms are strictly implemented and customer feedback taken into account.

Some other recent major recalls

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On October 10, Toyota Motor said it would recall more than 7.4 million vehicles worldwide as a faulty power window switch was a potential fire hazard.

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On August 13, Ford India said it has recalled over 128,000 units of its top selling Figo and Classic cars — one of the biggest such exercise in India.

The recall was aimed at rectifying problems related to the steering and rear suspension of the cars. The recall impacted different batches of cars made between January 2008 and December 2010, and from September 2010 till February 2011.

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In January 2011, Japanese auto major Honda recalled 57,853 units of its mid-sized sedan City in to replace a faulty spring that may cause the engine to stop.

In September 2011, Honda called back as many as 72,115 units of its City sedan to guard against a potential power window switch problem in cars manufactured from 2005 to 2007.

In January 2010, Honda had recalled 8,532 units of its second-generation City, manufactured in 2007, because of a defective power window switch that could cause fire.

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In 2010, Maruti recalled 100,000 units of small car A-Star to replace a part in the fuel tank. The problem was discovered in an internal survey and no complaint has been received so far, the company said.

In 2001, Maruti recalled nearly 76,000 Omnis made between August and December 2000 to get the fuel hose system inspected and, if found defective, have it rectified.

In 2006, the carmaker recalled 500 units of Zen. The company had also recalled some units of its hatchback Swift in 2005.

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In 2011, Toyota recalled all Etios sedans and Liva hatchbacks manufactured before October 8 to check their filler hose. The Japanese giant has organised a service camp to check the affected parts and replace them. The Etios sedan and the Liva hatchback are the cash cows for Toyota.

 

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In 2011, Tata Motors asked an estimated 140,000 Nano owners to bring back their cars for change of the starter motor free-of-cost. The company on its part denied that the replacement exercise was a recall. The company spent around Rs 110 crore to fix the problem.

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In April 2006, Ford recalled 7.9 million F-150 pickups and 14 other models in the US for a short-circuit in the ignition switch that could lead to a fire in the steering column.

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In 1971, General Motors recalled 6.7 million Chevrolet Bel Airs and 15 other models in the US. The problem was a separated motor mount that could allow the engine to lift up and affect the throttle linkage, causing sudden acceleration and a possible loss of control of the vehicle.

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In 2005, Ford recalled 4.5 million vehicles for overheating cruise control deactivation switches in the US.

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In 2009, Toyota recalled 4.3 million units of its best-selling Camry for an unsecured floor mat in the US.

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In October 1972, Volkswagen had recalled 3,7 million vehicles in the US, including the popular Beetle, to repair a loose screw on the windshield wiper arm.

 

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