Maruti Suzuki, one of India’s leading automobile manufacturers, has recently announced a recall for 87,599 units of its popular S-Presso and Eeco vehicles. The recall aims to inspect a potential defect in a crucial part of the steering system known as the steering tie rod. In some rare cases, this defect may lead to a breakage in the tie rod, which could have an adverse impact on the vehicle’s steerability and handling, posing safety concerns.
Maruti Suzuki Eeco, S-Presso recall: what else is known
The affected units of the S-Presso and Eeco were manufactured between July 5, 2021, and February 15, 2023, as specified by Maruti Suzuki in an official statement. As part of the recall process, the company’s authorized dealer workshops will reach out to the owners of the affected vehicles to conduct thorough inspections and, if necessary, replace the faulty steering tie rod at no cost to the owners.
Notably, this marks the fourth vehicle recall undertaken by Maruti Suzuki in the year 2023. In total, the company has recalled 1,23,351 units so far.
Maruti Suzuki’s fourth vehicle recall in 2023
1. January 17, 2023: The first recall involved 17,362 units of various models like Alto K10, S-Presso, Eeco, Brezza, Baleno, and Grand Vitara. The purpose was to check for potential defects in the airbag controller, which could lead to non-deployment of airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners in the event of a vehicle crash.
2. January 23, 2023: The second recall covered 11,177 units of the Grand Vitara SUV. The inspection aimed to identify possible defects in the rear seatbelt mounting brackets, which, over time, could lead to loosening and impact the seatbelt’s functionality.
3. April 21, 2023: Maruti Suzuki recalled 7,213 units of the Baleno RS hatchback, manufactured between October 27, 2016, and November 1, 2019. The purpose of this recall was to address a possible defect in the vacuum pump responsible for assisting the brake function. Some vehicles may have required increased effort in brake pedal application.
It is essential to note that since the introduction of the voluntary vehicle recall policy by SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) in 2012, Maruti Suzuki has initiated 29 recalls, affecting a total of 8,63,901 vehicles. The current recall for the S-Presso and Eeco models stands as the carmaker’s third-largest recall to date. Previous significant recalls include 1,81,754 units of the Ciaz, Ertiga, XL6, Brezza, and S-Cross recalled on September 3, 2021, and 1,34,885 units of the Wagon R and Baleno recalled on July 15, 2020, to inspect a faulty fuel pump.
Maruti Suzuki assures its customers that safety remains its utmost priority, and they are taking proactive measures to rectify any potential issues promptly. Vehicle owners are encouraged to cooperate with the company’s recall process and get their vehicles inspected to ensure safe and trouble-free driving experiences.