India’s largest automaker, Maruti Suzuki India, on Wednesday said it is recalling 17,362 units of models like the Alto K10, Brezza, and Baleno to inspect and replace faulty airbag controller, according to the regulatory filing.
The impacted models are the Alto K10, S-Presso, Eeco, Brezza, Baleno, and Grand Vitara, manufactured between December 8, 2022 and January 12, 2023, Maruti said. “The recall is being undertaken to inspect and replace airbag controller free of cost, if required in these vehicles,” it added.
It is suspected that there is a possible defect in the affected part, which in rare cases might result in non-deployment of the airbags and seat belt pretensioners, in an event of a vehicle crash, the auto major said.
“Out of abundant caution, customers of the suspected vehicles are advised not to drive or use the vehicle till the affected part is replaced,” it said.
Affected vehicle owners will be receiving communication from Maruti Suzuki authorised workshops for immediate attention, the company noted.
Maruti Suzuki on Monday said it has hiked prices of its vehicles across models by about 1.1 per cent. This is the second price hike that the carmaker is undertaking in the ongoing fiscal year, after increasing it in April 2022.
In December last year, the company had said it would hike prices of its vehicles to offset the impact of rising input costs and make provisions to update the model range to conform to stricter emission norms which will kick in from April 2023.
“An estimated weighted average of increase across models stands at around 1.1 per cent. This indicative figure is calculated using ex-showroom prices of models in Delhi and will come into effect from January 16, 2023,” Maruti Suzuki India said in a regulatory filing. The company sells a range of vehicles starting from entry-level small car Alto to SUV Grand Vitara which are priced between Rs 3.39 lakh and Rs 19.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
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