Ford India has recalled around 16,500 units of EcoSport sub-compact SUV in the country over a faulty part of the rear suspension. The company said that the potentially faulty component could increase the risk of accidents. It is the third time that the American automaker has issued a recall for EcoSport - the company's top-selling model - in India. It is being learnt that recalled units of Ford EcoSport were manufactured between November 2013 and April 2014 at the Chennai production facility.
Ford India, in a statement, said that the rear twist beam (RTB) bolt may not have been tightened to specification in some units of EcoSport, and it might cause the pivot bolt to break, potentially compromising vehicle handling and thereby increasing the risk of an accident. The company further said that it is writing to 16,444 customers for getting their vehicles inspected at a local dealer. If needed, Ford dealership will carry out necessary rework free of cost. Just so you know, this is a proactive voluntary action and no accidents related to the concern have been reported as of now.
Talking about the recalls of Ford EcoSport in India, the company recalled a badge of 972 units in mid-2013 to fix the glow plug module. It was barely a couple of months since the sub-compact SUV was launched in India. Then, come December 2014, Ford again issued a recall of nearly 20,700 units to fix the faulty front airbag and fuel line.