Maruti Suzuki recalls 17,362 units to fix faulty airbag controller, third in recent months

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The country’s biggest passenger car maker, Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL), said on Wednesday it is recalling 17,362 vehicles due to a fault in the airbag controller.

These vehicles were manufactured between December 8, 2022, and January 12, this year, and the affected models include the Alto K10, S-Presso, Eeco, Brezza, Baleno, and Grand Vitara, the company said in a statement.

“The recall is being undertaken to inspect and replace the airbag controller (“affected part”), free of cost, if required, in these vehicles. It is suspected that there is a possible defect in the affected part, which in a rare case might result in non-deployment of the airbags and seat belt pretensioners in the event of a vehicle crash,” MSIL said.

Out of abundant caution, customers of the suspected vehicles are advised not to drive or use the vehicle until the affected part is replaced, it added.

It further said that the affected vehicle owners will be receiving communications from Maruti Suzuki authorised workshops for immediate attention.

This is the third recall announcement in recent months by the company. In December, MSIL announced the recall of 9,125 vehicles manufactured between November 2 and 28, due to some defects in the shoulder height adjuster assembly of front row seat belts.

The affected models included the Ciaz, Brezza, Ertiga, XL6, and Grand Vitara. Except for the Ciaz, all other vehicles were launched recently as upgrade models, with the Grand Vitara being the all-new model.

In September, it recalled 5,002 units of its only commercial vehicle, the “Super Carry,” manufactured between May 4 and June 30, 2022, due to a probable issue of torqueing of a bolt attached to the seat belt buckle bracket of the co-driver seat.

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