Ford India has recalled 3,072 units of its mid-sized sedan Fiesta for the replacement of a part which is used to start the engine. Being responsible for starting the diesel engines, this part would be checked in all the sedans manufactured between October 2010 and December 2011. The module is the controlling unit of the 'glow plug control' which is a heating device used to aid starting diesel engines.
"We have initiated a field service action to correct a product concern on 3,072 Ford Fiesta TDCi vehicles," Ford India said in a statement. The company said it was writing to customers and asking them to contact their local Ford dealer so that "a new design, waterproof Glow Plug Control Module can be installed free of charge". "This is a proactive, voluntary recall action to ensure customers' safety and satisfaction and no accidents or injuries related to this concern have been reported," the company said.
Ever since auto industry body SIAM started voluntary vehicle recalls for safety related issues in India in July 2012, over seven lakh vehicles have been recalled by various manufacturers including Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra, Ford, Honda, General Motors and Nissan. Earlier this month, Toyota Kirloskar Motor had announced recall of 119 units of its sedan Camry, manufactured between March and July 2011 in Japan and sold in India, to rectify a defect in front suspension. German luxury car maker Audi had also recalled 6,758 units of A4 sedans in the country earlier this month, manufactured between November 2011 and October 2014, to upgrade software in airbag control unit.