Maruti Suzuki has recalled a total of 52,686 units of the 2018 Swift and Baleno over brake issue in the country. The automaker will undertake a service campaign for new Swift and Baleno models to inspect for a possible fault in the brake vacuum hose. Maruti has officially listed both the vehicles on their Nexa website asking the affected customers to bring their vehicles for a check-up. According to the official post by Maruti Suzuki "Service Campaigns are undertaken globally by automobile companies to rectify faults that may potentially cause inconvenience to customers. The inspection and replacement will be done free of cost for the customer."
The problem has been found in the Swift and Baleno vehicles manufactured between December 1, 2017 and March 16, 2018 and the manufacturer will resolve the problem in the service campaign. The service campaign will be started from 14th May 2018 and the owners of the affected vehicles included in this service campaign will be contacted by dealers for inspection and replacement of the faulty part. Also, the inspection and replacement will be done free of cost for the customer. However, the customers of the new Swift and Baleno willing to check if their car is affected can fill in the chassis number (MBH followed by 14 digit alpha-numeric number) on the computer screen. The chassis number is embossed on the vehicle ID plate and is also in the vehicle invoice / registration documents.
However, the thing to notice here is that the Baleno by Maruti Suzuki has not been recalled for the first time. The company recalled 75,419 units of the Baleno for issue with the airbags in May 2016. Also, out of the 75,419 Baleno's 15,995 cars are diesel variants will be attended to for inspection and replacement of a faulty fuel filter. All these cars were manufactured between August 3, 2015 and March 22, 2016.
The production of both the 2018 Swift and a part of the Baleno takes place in the company’s Gujarat plant. The Brake vacuum hose of a car is a part of the brake booster system. It is an essential part that increases the brake force and helps the vehicle to stop at a shorter distance. However, it is still unknown that if the fault has affected the same assembly line.
Maruti Suzuki has seen a good improvement in the sales in past few months. In April 2018, Maruti reported 14.4 percent increase in total sales at 1,72,986 units against 1,51,215 units in April 2017 while the company's domestic sales stood at 1,64,978 units, up 14.2 percent from 1,44,492 units in April last year. According to the released statement by Maruti, the compact segment comprising Swift, Estilo, Dzire and Baleno jumped by 31.8 percent to 83,834 units last month as against 63,584 units in the year-ago month. However, it saw a fall in sales in terms of hatchbacks as it witnessed a 2.8 percent decline to 37,794 units during the month as compared to 38,897 units in April 2017. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates.