Ford India said that no accidents or injuries have been reported related to the issue and this is a proactive, voluntary recall action to ensure customers’ safety and satisfaction
US auto major Ford on Thursday said it is recalling the diesel variants of its newly launched compact SUV EcoSport in India to rectify defects in the instrument used as an aid in starting the engine.
“As part of routine checks, we discovered a potential concern with EcoSport diesel variants related to the Glow Plug Module which requires relocating the module. We are contacting customers to take their vehicle to their Ford dealership to have the work carried out,” Ford India said in a statement.
The company, however, did not share the number of vehicles it is recalling.
The company, which is present in the country through a wholly-owned subsidiary Ford India, added that no accidents or injuries have been reported related to the issue and this is a proactive, voluntary recall action to ensure customers’ safety and satisfaction.
Ford had launched the much-awaited SUV in India last month with price starting at Rs5.59 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
EcoSport is available with three engine options of 1 litre petrol with Ecoboost technology, 1.5 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel engine.
While the price of 1 litre Ecoboost petrol version starts at Rs7.90 lakh, the 1.5 litre petrol variant is priced at Rs5.59 lakh.
The EcoSport with 1.5 litre diesel has a starting price of Rs6.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The automatic transmission version in 1.5 litre petrol starts at Rs8.45 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Ford India has invested $142 million at its Chennai plant to manufacture the EcoSport. It is also investing $1 billion to set up its second production facility at Sanand that will be operational by 2014. The plant will have an installed output capacity of 2.4 lakh vehicles and 2.7 lakh engines annually.
With completion of the Sanand plant in Gujarat, Ford India will have a total installed capacity of rolling out 4.4 lakh vehicles and 6.1 lakh engines every year.
Total sales of vehicles across categories registered a decline of 5.10% to 14,07,767 units in June 2013 as against 14,83,443 units in the same month of 2012
Car sales fell an annual 9% in June as demand continued to suffer due to rising ownership costs and sluggish economic growth.
Domestic passenger car sales were 1,39,632 units in June this year from 1,53,450 units in the same month of 2012, with demand dropping for the eighth straight month.
According to the data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), motorcycle sales in last month declined by 9.16% to 7,99,139 units from 8,79,721 units in the same month previous year.
Total two-wheeler sales in June 2013 declined by 4.56% to 11,16,424 units from 11,69,741 units in the same period of previous year.
Total sales of commercial vehicles declined by 13.45% to 56,197 units from 64,928 units in the year-ago period, SIAM said.
Total sales of vehicles across categories registered a decline of 5.10% to 14,07,767 units in June 2013 as against 14,83,443 units in the same month of 2012, the industry body added.