Maruti to recall 69,555 diesel vehicles for wiring harness fitment fault

Maruti Suzuki India yesterday announced that it would proactively inspect and repair the wiring harness fitment of 69,555 diesel vehicles (55,938 units of old Dzire, 12,486 units of old Swift and 1,131 units of Ritz) manufactured between 8 March, 2010 and 11 August, 2013.

"This exercise is limited to vehicles within the above specified range and does not pertain to any other vehicle of the company or its exports," the company said in a statement. "This exercise does not pertain to any other model of the company or its exports."

Maruti Suzuki dealers would contact owners of all the affected vehicles and the dealer workshop technicians would inspect the wiring harness fitment condition and carry out the required repairs, free of cost.

"The problem was noticed based on feedback monitoring and internal checks by the company. Accordingly, proactive action has been initiated in the interest of customers," said the statement.

Maruti Suzuki diesel cars users (old Dzire, old Swift and Ritz) can check on the company's website to see if their vehicle is among those recalled.

"The customer is requested to fill in the chassis number (MA3 or MBH followed by 14 digit alpha-numeric number) on the computer screen. The chassis number is embossed on the vehicle ID plate and is also in the vehicle invoice / registration documents. Customers may also contact the nearest Maruti Suzuki dealer workshop to ascertain if their vehicle is among the above vehicles," said the statement.

In April, Maruti, said it recalled over 103,000 vehicles to replace faulty fuel caps and in November recalled 1,492 cars to inspect the steering column, the Times of India reported.

In the absence of a standard recall code, in India, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, an industry body, introduced a voluntary recall code in 2012 which directs car makers to inform customers about any issues that would compromise users' safety and fix it free of cost.

Toyota Motor Corp, Honda Motor Co, Ford Motor Co and General Motors Co have also issued recalls in India over the last couple of years.