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Maruti recalls 1,492 units of Ertiga, Swift, Dzire, A-Star

The company said it will inspect the steering column for 1,492 vehicles — Ertiga: 306 units, Swift: 592 units, Dzire: 581 units and A-Star: 13 units manufactured between 19 October, 2013 and 26 October, 2013.

'If the steering column is found defective, the company will replace the steering column free of cost,' MSI said in a statement. The new steering column has been dispatched to dealer workshops.

This exercise is limited to vehicles within the above specified range and does not pertain to any other vehicle of the company or any of its exports, MSI added.

Maruti Suzuki dealers will contact owners of all vehicles in the above range, it said. The last big recall made by the company was in February 2010 when it recalled about one lakh units of its flagship export model 'A-Star' to replace a faulty fuel pump part.

Automobile companies have been pro-active in recalling vehicles in case of safety issues since industry body SIAM initiated a voluntary recall policy in last July, taking the total recalls to over 3 lakh units.

Recently, General Motor India had recalled 1.14 lakh units of its multi-purpose vehicle Chevrolet Tavera, manufactured between 2005 and 2013, to address emissions and specification issues. The company had also recalled 4,000 units of the diesel variant of its Sail model to address a potential engine issue.

Mahindra seeks Govt subsidy for electric car


NEW DELHI: Expressing disappointment over lack of support for electric cars in India, Mahindra & Mahindra CMD Anand Mahindra on Wednesday asked the government to grant subsidies to automakers to promote green cars. ‘We’ve been disappointed because we were banking on a subsidy that the government had in place for electric cars which has expired. The government was committed to maintain it but hasn’t done so far. So, that has put a sticker price hurdle,’ Mahindra told reporters at the CII-NID Design Summit.
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