Ford India has recalled 16,444 units of the Ecosport over “a potential concern related to Rear Twist Beam Bolt”. The recall will affect the aforementioned number of Ecosport models made in Ford’s Chennai factory between November 2013 and April 2014.
In an official statement released to the media, the American carmaker said “Ford India is proactively contacting select customers to voluntarily inspect their EcoSport vehicles. In some of the affected vehicles, there is a possibility that the Rear Twist Beam (RTB) bolt may not be tightened to specification, which may cause the pivot bolt to break. This condition can potentially compromise vehicle handling and thereby increase the risk of an accident,”
The company is writing to all the customers of the affected vehicles to get their vehicles at a local Ford dealership. The vehicles will then be tested, and if required, fixed free of cost. The company also highlights the fact that the recall is a proactive measure and no accidents have been reported owing the said concern.
While India does not have a mandatory recall policy, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) initiated a voluntary policy in July 2012. Car makers have been recalling vehicles they suspect may malfunction ever since.