Auto giant Maruti Suzuki India has halted the sale of certain batches of its popular hatchback Swift, as well as compact sedan DZire at its dealerships. The company is planning to recall about 1 lakh of the second generation vehicles which might have a defective fuel tank pipe and need an urgent replacement.
Maruti is planning to recall models which are already sold to customers or one part of its inventory in order to replace the faulty fuel neck filler which is found on the fuel tank. The company declined to confirm the recall and did not make any comments, but it only said that it is investigating the matter before the final decision is made. One of the senior executives at the company confirmed that there is a defect, but the company is yet to decide on a recall.
The official went on to say that if the recall is executed, then about one lakh vehicles will be affected by this. It was also confirmed that for the time being, deliveries of such models will be avoided, but Maruti dealers are not undertaking any mandatory checks or repairs in vehicles which are already sold to customers.
Indian law says that automakers are not required to recall cars on the basis of safety or engineering defects, but the government is working on making this mandatory in the future.
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