New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Tuesday said it is asking customers of 52,686 new Swift and Baleno models to undertake a service campaign to inspect for a possible fault in brake vacuum hose.
The new Swift and Baleno vehicles manufactured between December 1, 2017 and March 16, 2018 are the affected lot and will be covered under the campaign. Starting May 14 2018, owners of the vehicles included in this service campaign will be contacted by dealers for inspection and replacement of the faulty part, the company said in a statement.
When contacted, a company official said the exercise did not amount to a recall as the issue did not relate to safety.
A total of 44,982 units of new Swift, which was launched in February this year, and 7,704 units of Baleno are covered under the service campaign.
Brake vacuum hose is a rubber pipe that creates and releases vacuum while applying brake but it has no impact on braking and braking distance.
Service campaigns are undertaken globally by automobile companies to rectify faults that may potentially cause inconvenience to customers. The inspection and replacement will be done free of cost for the customer.
Automobile manufacturers in India follow a voluntary recall policy adopted by industry body SIAM in July 2012 under which if a company is of the opinion that there is a manufacturing defect that compromises safety of vehicles, it will voluntarily rectify the problem free of cost to the customer.
This is not the first time the Baleno has been recalled. It was in May 2016, that the company recalled 75,419 units of the Baleno for issue with the airbags. Out of these 75,419 Baleno's 15,995 cars are diesel variants that were manufactured between August 3, 2015 and March 22, 2016 and will also be attended to for inspection and replacement of a faulty fuel filter.