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Affected vehicles will be repaired for free at Chevrolet’s authorised service centres, the auto maker said in a statement. Photo: Reuters
Affected vehicles will be repaired for free at Chevrolet’s authorised service centres, the auto maker said in a statement. Photo: Reuters

General Motors India to recall 101,597 units of Chevrolet Beat hatchback

GM India says it will inspect and replace clutch pedal lever in the recalled units of the hatchback's diesel variant

New Delhi: General Motors India Pvt. Ltd will recall as many as 101,597 Beat hatchbacks on safety concerns, the company said on Tuesday.

This is GM’s third largest recall in the country, after the controversial recall of the multi-utility vehicle Tavera in 2013, when it pulled back 114,000 units over problems related to emissions and regulatory standards, and the July recall of 155,000 vehicles that also included some Beat models, besides small car Spark and multi-purpose vehicle Enjoy.

The latest recall involves Beat hatchbacks manufactured between December 2010 and July 2014. “The clutch pedal lever in these units is susceptible to cracking on continued usage," GM said in a statement. Customers can contact their nearest Chevrolet dealer and schedule an appointment for vehicle inspection and correction.

“It is a serious a reliability issue and speaks volumes about build quality and how manufactures cut costs to keep prices affordable," said Bertrand D’Souza, editor of Overdrive, an automobile magazine.

The fault is unlikely to be life-threatening. “If the clutch pedal fails, you can take the gear out into neutral and come to a stop, but then you will not be able to start again," D’ Souza said.

The 2013 Tavera recall battered GM India’s image. More than 20 executives, including four top managers, were asked to quit as the firm scrambled to resurrect the brand in India.

Indian car makers are becoming proactive about recalls, suggesting that a voluntary code put in place by the industry in 2013 is working and that they have been able to overcome the stigma attached to such exercises in a climate in which companies are seeking to revive sales after a three-year downturn.

The Indian auto industry has recalled as many as 1.3 million vehicles since adopting the voluntary recall code, according to data from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, a trade body.

Unlike developed markets such as Europe, Japan and the US, India still has no official recall policy. Typically, an auto maker makes an announcement offering to fix any defects and replace faulty components, but escapes penalties and punishments common in developed markets. The new motor vehicles bill, which has been drafted by the roads ministry and is now in the public domain for debate and feedback, includes provisions for the penalizing of errant vehicle manufacturers.

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