Maruti to Recall 100,000 Vehicles on Risk of Fuel Leak

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL), the country’s biggest carmaker by volume, said it will recall 103,311 vehicles from today to replace their “fuel filler necks,” after it noticed a potential fuel leak risk.

The company will recall Ertiga minivans and Swift and DZire cars manufactured between Nov. 12, 2013, and Feb. 4, the Indian unit of Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp. (7269) said in a statement.

Maruti joins global carmakers including Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) and General Motors Co. in voluntarily recalling flawed vehicles. Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, this week called back more than 6 million units after finding five types of safety hazards in its vehicles. GM has also recalled about 2.5 million small cars with defective ignition switches.

The practice of recalling faulty vehicles voluntarily will help improve the image of the automobile industry by portraying them as transparent, and public perception will only improve, Vikram Kirloskar, president of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, told reporters in New Delhi today.

Shares of New Delhi-based Maruti fell 1.2 percent to 1,935.70 rupees at the close in Mumbai trading. The stock has climbed 36 percent in the past 12 months while the benchmark S&P BSE India Sensex Index has gained 22 percent in the period.

Maruti said it will contact owners of the affected vehicles and replace the ‘fuel filler neck’ free of cost.

“In the affected vehicles there is a possibility of fuel smell and in extreme condition there may be some fuel leakage, if fuel is filled upto the fuel cap,” the carmaker said.

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