Maruti Suzuki has announced a recall of over 17,000 units of the Alto K10, S Presso, Eeco, Brezza, Baleno, and Grand Vitara, manufactured between December 8, 2022, and January 12, 2023, in India, due to a faulty airbag controller. A total of 17,362 units of the affected vehicles will be called back to inspect and replace the faulty airbag controller. The company has stated that the defective component may prevent airbags and seat belt pretensioners from deploying in the event of a collision. Customers of the concerned vehicles are requested by the company to exercise extreme caution and refrain from operating the vehicles until the problematic component has been replaced. Maruti Suzuki-approved workshops will reportedly contact owners of impacted vehicles.
This is the first recall by Maruti Suzuki this year. Earlier in October 2022, the automaker was in the headlines for recalling 9,925 units of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, the Celerio, and the Ignis models, produced between August 3 and September 1 of the same year. The recall occurred due to a problem with the rear brake assembly pin. Additionally, 19,731 units of the Maruti Suzuki Eeco MPVs were recalled in April 2022 for correcting the inaccurate labelling of the wheel rim size. Maruti Suzuki also announced a recall of 9,125 units (manufactured between November 2 and November 28, 2022) of the new Grand Vitara, the Ertiga, the XL6, and the Ciaz in the previous month to fix the front seatbelt’s shoulder height adjuster assembly.
Recently, the automaker has reportedly raised the booking amount of the Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-Door. The company initially opened bookings for the model at Rs 11,000 at the Delhi Expo 2023 but later revised it to 25,000. It is speculated that the reason for this could be to restrict extended waiting periods for the vehicle.