Recalls are a hard fact to digest and sometimes, enough to scare customers as it leaves them wondering what is wrong with the car, or what could happen when driving. In the recent past, a few Indian carmakers have been brave enough to ‘officially’ announce recalls, while some just brush it away saying it is ‘proactive’ measure — ring any bells?
Moving on, reports suggest that there were more recalls made in India alone than expected. Here is the list of ‘Top 10 Most recalled Car Brands In India’ according to a report Tata Motors managed to pull out from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) for the period between 2012 and 2019 (November).
As per the report, there were over 3 million cars recalled – 30 lakh cars – in India alone for the period mentioned and some of the brands in this list are sure to shock people. So let’s take a look.
10. Hyundai India
Sitting at the bottom (descending order) of the list of the top 10 most recalled car brands in India is Hyundai. During the period between 2012 and November 2019, the South Korean carmaker recalled 30,041 units in India.
In recent times, Hyundai officially recalled the CNG variants of the Grand i10 and the Xcent compact sedan due to a fault with the CNG filter. Over 16,000 units were affected, manufactured between 1 August 2017 and 30 September 2019.
The German juggernaut takes the next spot, having recalled 41,025 cars during the period between 2012 and November 2019. This is a big number because the brand is the leading premium carmaker in India.
The most recent recall involves the CLA, GLA, GLE, GLS, and the E-Class for a software update, while the E-Class was recalled in August 2019 for a potential issue with the lock nut in the steering gear that may be cracked.
Next up is Nissan. The Japanese carmaker recalled 41,191 units between these 8 years. A total of 13,004 cars were recalled in 2015 alone, which involved models such as the Micra, Sunny, X-Trail, and the Teana, amongst others.
Mass-produced cars like the Micra was recalled for an engine push start button, while the Sunny was recalled for the same issue. The Nissan X-Trail was part of the Takata airbag recall, while the Teana also fell under the same category.
Up next is Toyota, having recalled 45,864 units in the last 8 years. Toyota is globally reputed for its quality and when such a company creeps up in such a list, it gets you wondering. However, you need to appreciate the same when a company does so.
The latest recall is under the carmaker’s luxury brand, Lexus, when the company had to recall 49 units of the LS 500h, the company’s flagship sedan. In 2018 was the Prius and back in 2017 was the Corolla, for airbag issues.
The country’s largest utility vehicle manufacturer, Mahindra, recalled 2,47,344 in the last 8 years. This is a massive number compared to the ones we’ve seen so far, on this list of the 10 most recalled car brands in India.
The most recent recall is from Jan this year when 299 units of the Mahindra Imperio was recalled for incorrect rear axles that showed incorrect indication of speed. There was also another recall in 2016 when Mahindra recalled the Rexton for loss of torque in the rear driveshaft.
5. General Motors
General Motors comes in next, having recalled 2,56,597 units in the past 8 years. General Motors never sold cars under the GM badge but did sell under the Chevrolet brand, which is a part of GM.
All the cars that were recalled, 2,56,597 units, were made in one year alone, in 2015. GM recalled 1,01,597 units of the Chevrolet Beat for issues related to the clutch pedal cracking and further recalled 1,55,000 units of the Beat, Spark, and the Enjoy MPV over issues regarding the keyless entry system.
4. Maruti Suzuki
Next up is India’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki. The manufacturer sells big volumes and when it comes to recalls, they were also a big number, 3,49,268 units to be exact. The most recent recall involved the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, over issues related to a faulty fuel hose.
Other notable recalls involved the Swift and Dzire in July 2018 for faulty ACUs, the Baleno in May 2016 over fuel filter issues and airbag controller problems, which also included the Dzire. A total of 93,375 cars were recalled in 2016 alone.
Coming to the top three now and Ford takes the third sport having recalled a massive 4,52,999 units in India during the last 8 years. These numbers are shocking compared to the number of Ford cars sold in India.
The latest recall for Ford involved the EcoSport in September 2018 to update the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) software. Before this, Ford recalled 1,24,873 cars in 2016 that involved the EcoSport, Fiesta, Figo, and the Aspire for various issues.
Diesel Gate is what strikes one’s mind first and the answer is yes, but also involves other issues. The Volkswagen Group sells multiple brands in India, including VW, Skoda, Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, and others. So when combining all this, numbers are huge.
The Diesel Gate issues were not the latest recall, as this year alone, 8,235 units were recalled that involved vehicles such as the Porsche Cayenne, the Porsche Panamera, Porsche Cayman and Boxster, Audi A6, and the A3 models.
1. Honda Cars India
The carmaker who recalled the most is also the carmaker who makes reliable cars, Honda. The Japanese carmaker recalled a whopping 7,54,683 units in the last 8 years, leading the list of the top 10 most recalled car brands in India.
In 2019, Honda recalled 8,757 units of various Honda models such as the CR-V, Jazz, City, Accord, and the new Civic — all for airbag-related issues. A similar situation occurred in 2017 as well, when Honda recalled the City, Jazz, and Accord for airbag-related issues.
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