New Delhi/Mumbai: Auto maker Suzuki Motor Corp. is recalling some automatic versions of the Indian-made ‘A-Star’ in Europe, a move that could dent the confidence of customers in India-made vehicles.
Around 10,000 of the cars, which are known as the ‘Alto’ in Europe, were affected, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Tail-light problem: Around 10,000 vehicles in Europe have been affected, and all customers have been asked to bring their cars in. Ramesh Pathania/Mint
The cars on Indian roads are not affected as Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, the country’s largest car maker, only sells manual-transmission models locally.
“Customers with automatic versions were asked to bring in their cars, and we changed the brake switch and wiring harness,” said a Suzuki dealer in the UK who declined to be named. According to him, the change takes half an hour. All customers affected have been notified, he said.
There have been no known instances of the brake switch failing, the dealer said.
The company noticed that in some cases when the car was put into park or in reverse gear, the rear lights would fail to light up, leading to safety concerns.
Maruti’s spokesperson declined to comment. The issue comes after the company was forced to fix a problem with the fuel pump gasket in Indian and European ‘A-Star’ models.
“After what has happened at Toyota, companies are recalling cars at slight concerns,” said Ashvin Chotai, managing director at Automotive Intelligence Asia, a consultancy.
The ‘A-Star’ is Maruti’s flagship export model. Overseas sales allowed the company to register a 110% growth in exports last fiscal to 147,575 units.
Maruti also has a contract manufacturing arrangement with Nissan Motor Co. Ltd, which sells the ‘Alto’ as the ‘Pixo’ in Europe.