Maruti Suzuki to recall 1,279 cars for possible airbag defect

566 new Swift and 713 new Dzire cars to be inspected

MARUTISUZUKI-RESULTS/ [File] Maruti Suzki has recalled cars manufactured between May 7 to July 5, 2018 | Reuters

Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Wednesday said it is recalling 1,279 units of new Swift and Dzire models to inspect for a possible fault in the airbag controller units.

Maruti Suzuki in a statement said it will proactively and voluntarily undertake a recall for 1,279 vehicles (566 new Swift and 713 new Dzire) manufactured between May 7 to July 5, 2018.

"Recall campaigns are undertaken globally to rectify faults that may be potential safety defects. Starting July 25, 2018, owners of the vehicles included in this recall campaign will be contacted by Maruti Suzuki dealers for inspection and replacement of the faulty part free of cost," the company added.

In May this year, Maruti Suzuki had asked customers of 52,686 new Swift and Baleno models to undertake a service campaign to inspect for a possible fault in brake vacuum hose. Maruti Suzuki, however, said the exercise did not amount to a recall as the issue did not relate to safety.

Automobile manufacturers in India follow a voluntary recall policy adopted by industry body SIAM in July 2012, under which if a company is of the opinion that there is a manufacturing defect that compromises safety of vehicles, it will voluntarily rectify the problem free of cost to the customer.