Ford will be conducting one of the biggest car recalls in India as they recall a total of 130,000 (1.3 lakh) cars. The cars which are affected by this recall is the Figo hatchback and Classic (Fiesta earlier) sedans. Problems were detected in the rear suspension and steering unit which could lead to breakdown or even fire. This recall will be conducted over all vehicles manufactured during the period January 2008 and December 2010 and between September 2010 and February 2011.
111,000 cars will be inspected for technical and engineering fitness manufactured between Jan 08 and Dec 10 while the company will undertake part replacements for 17,665 cars manufactured between Sep 10 and Feb 11. Ford also conducted field service action wherein it inspected Figo and Classic for problems related to Rear Twist Beam and Power Steering Hose on petrol engined Ford and Classic cars manufactured from January 2008 to December 2010.
The Power Steering Hose will be replaced. Defects noted in the Rear Twist Beam will result in oil leakage which could start a fire. Though Ford has confirmed that there were no injuries or calamities reported with regard to these issues it has decided to undertake replacement of these defective parts as a precautionary measure. In India, Ford is expanding. Recently in March this year, they started work on their new manufacturing facility in Sanand near Ahmedabad in Gujarat.