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Maruti recalls 75,000 Baleno cars to fix airbag fault.

MARUTI Suzuki India is recalling 75,419 units of its premium hatchback Baleno to fix a faulty airbag component and fuel filter. It is also taking off the roads as many as 1,961 units if its compact sedan DZire with auto gear shift technology to replace the fuel filter.

Maruti Suzuki will proactively and voluntarily recall 75,419 Baleno cars, both petrol and diesel, manufactured between August 3, 2015, and May 17, 2016, to upgrade the airbag controller software, the company said in a statement on Friday.

Of these, 15,995 diesel Baleno cars manufactured between August 3, 2015 and March 22, 2016 will also be attended to for inspection and replacement of a faulty fuel filter, it added.

The Baleno cars covered in the recall include 17,231 export units. Besides, 1,961 DZire diesel cars with AGS transmission are headed for inspection and replacement of a defective fuel filter, Maruti Suzuki said. Starting May 31, 2016, owners of the vehicles covered will be contacted by Maruti Suzuki dealers.

The software upgrade and the replacement of the faulty fuel filter will be done free of cost, the company said.

This is the second recall for the country's leading car maker this month as it had last week recalled 20,427 units of its premium crossover model S- Cross for the possible replacement of a faulty brake part and launched a ' free service campaign' to rectify the problem.

Without terming the announcement a recall, the company had said in a statement that the vehicles which need possible replacement of the faulty brake part were manufactured between April 20, 2015 and February 12, 2016.

Last year in March, the company had announced a recall of 33,098 units of its small car models Alto 800 and Alto K10 manufactured between December 8, 2014 and February 18, 2015 to rectify defective latches on right side doors.

Before that in April , 2014 in one of the biggest vehicle recalls the company had contacted 103,311 customers who purchased models such as the Ertiga, Swift and DZire, manufactured between 12 November 2013 and 4 February 2014 to replace a faulty fuel filler neck ( the tube leading down to the fuel tank).

At present, unlike in the US and Europe, there is no official recall policy in India. The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has initiated steps for bringing a mandatory recall policy by way of amending Central Motors Vehicles Rules 1989.

However, the auto industry announced a voluntary code on vehicle recall in July 2012 and Indian car makers are becoming proactive about recalls. Nearly nearly 18 lakh vehicles have been recalled by various manufacturers in India.

1,961 units of DZire have also been recalled to replace the fuel filter.

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Date:May 28, 2016
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