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Maruti recalls 33,098 Alto 800 & K10 units

Country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India on Tuesday announced recall of 33,098 units of its small car models Alto 800 and Alto K10 manufactured between December 8, 2014 and February 18, 2015 to rectify defective latches on right side doors.

The company will proactively inspect and replace the ‘right hand door latch assembly’ of 19,780 units of Alto 800 and 13,318 units of Alto K10, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement.

“From customer perspective, there is no concern if the right hand side door (front and rear) is completely latched. If however, the door is half-latched, then the door may open if pressure is applied from inside,” it said.

Although it is a rare condition, but in view of customer safety, the company is undertaking replacement of the door latch assembly, proactively, MSI added.

Maruti Suzuki dealers in the domestic market will contact owners of all the affected vehicles. The dealer workshop technicians will inspect the condition and carry out the necessary replacement, free of cost, it said.

In December last year, MSI had recalled 3,796 units of its newly launched mid-sized sedan Ciaz to fix suspected faulty clutch.

Ever since the auto industry body SIAM started voluntary vehicle recalls for safety related issues in India in July 2012, over seven lakh vehicles have been recalled by various manufacturers in India. The government is working on a recall policy.

Last month, Mahindra & Mahindra had recalled an unspecified number of its premium sports utility vehicle XUV500 vehicles manufactured on or before July 2014 to upgrade the side curtain airbag software.

Meanwhile, domestic passenger car sales grew by 6.85 per cent to 1,71,727 units in February this year as compared to 1,60,717 units in the same month of 2014.

According to the data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), motorcycle sales in last month were down by 8.22 per cent to 7,74,122 units from 8,43,436 units in the same month previous year.

Total two-wheeler sales in February 2015 were down by 0.99 per cent to 12,08,084 units from 12,20,141 units in the same period a year ago.

Total sales of commercial vehicles were up 10.1 per cent to 52,843 units from 47,982 units in the year-ago period, SIAM said.

Total sale of vehicles across categories registered a growth of 0.15 per cent to 15,26,125 units in February 2015 as against 15,23,823 units in the same month last year, it added.

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