Ford India has announced that it would recall more than 20,000 units of its EcoSport sub-compact SUV in the country. Being the company's top-seller ever since its launch in India, Ford is recalling 20,700 units of the compact SUV over airbag issue and faulty fuel line. All the affected vehicles in the recall are manufactured between January 2013 and September 2014.
"The safety of our customers is always top priority at Ford. For their peace of mind, we have initiated a field service action to correct product concerns on 20,752 Ford EcoSport vehicles in India," the company announced in a statement to the media. Ford India would recall 19,441 units of the Titanium variant with 1.5L diesel and 1.0L EcoBoost petrol motors to resolve the issue of seat belt sensors that decide when to deploy the side airbags. Also, around 2,715 units of the petrol variant will be inspected for complaints of corrosion in the fuel line, including 1,404 that need fixing of both problems. The company, however, didn't confirm whether this step was initiated following consumer feedback, but sources at its dealerships said a few customers had raised complaints in the recent past.
Ford India is contacting the EcoSport owners and asking them to go to their local dealer and get the necessary rework done absolutely free of cost. This would be the second recall of the EcoSport after the model debuted in July 2013. Ford had recalled around 1,000 diesel EcoSports a few days after its launch to relocate the module of the glow plug in the engine architecture. The glow plug helps in burning fuel efficiently when a diesel engine is ignited. The company said the recall exercise required re-mounting of the module in the vehicle.