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Renault recalls Kwid units over faulty fuel systems

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 21:20
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CHENNAI: French auto major Renault have started recalling some units of Kwid in India to rectify faulty fuel system. The product is manufactured at company’s facility at Oragadam, near Chennai.

Renault India is recalling around 50,000 units of its bestseller Kwid, which was launched in September 2015.
Renault India said it is conducting a pre-emptive and voluntary inspection of select 0.8L variants (800cc) of Kwid that were produced up to May 18, 2016.

“As a proactive measure, a fuel hose clip will be added to these select cars along with the evaluation of overall functionality of the fuel system to mitigate any potential disruption of fuel supply,” the company said.
We are in the process of contacting customers, requesting them to come to dealerships to get their cars inspected,” it said adding that the affected cars will be inspected without any cost to the customers and carry out necessary measures, if required.

While the company did not elaborate further, sources said only 10 per cent of the recalled cars were likely to have been impacted by the issue.

Initially, the car was available with an 800 cc engine at a price between Rs2.64-3.73 lakh and recently in August, a 1,000 cc engine variant was launched priced up to Rs3.95 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Kwid has been a success for Renault in India. So far in the April-September period this fiscal, the company has sold 56,028 units of Kwid.

As of May this year, voluntary vehicle recalls in India had already crossed the 2.3 million mark. The months following have also seen continuos recalls from auto firms including the most recent — Hyundai, the country’s second biggest car maker, which said it will recall over 7,600 Eon, its hatchback car to inspect and address an issue with clutch cable. Replacements, if needed will be done free of cost.


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