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Here's why Maruti Suzuki recalled these popular car models

The 17,362 vehicles were manufactured between Dec 8, 2022 and Jan 12, 2023

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Maruti Suzuki India on Wednesday said it is recalling 17,362 units of models like Alto K10, Brezza and Baleno to inspect and replace faulty airbag controller.

The affected models are Alto K10, S-Presso, Eeco, Brezza, Baleno and Grand Vitara, manufactured between December 8, 2022 and January 12, 2023, the country's largest carmaker said in a regulatory filing.

"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 the 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 said.

This is the third recent instance of Maruti Suzuki recalling vehicles for manufacturing issues. Last September, the company had recalled around 5,000 vehicles for faulty seatbelts. In December, it had recalled 9,125 units of its Ciaz, Brezza, Ertiga, XL6, and Grand Vitara models to fix possible defects in the front row seat belts. The affected vehicles were manufactured between November 2 and November 28, 2022.

The company hiked car prices by 1.1 per cent from January 16. This is the second price hike in the ongoing fiscal year after the April 2022 hike. The company said in December that it would raise car prices to offset the impact of rising input costs.

Maruti Suzuki sells a range of vehicles starting from entry-level small car Alto to SUV Grand Vitara, priced between Rs 3.39 lakh and Rs 19.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

(With PTI inputs)

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