The Renault Kwid is currently the French car maker’s bestselling product in the Indian car market. Renault has now recalled the Kwid entry-level hatchback in India due to some faulty steering system component. The entry-level hatchback is offered in India with two engine options, namely 0.8 litre and 1.0 litre petrol engines.
As per the latest reports, the French automaker has sent official notices to the owners of the Renault Kwid requesting them to schedule an appointment with their nearest authorized Renault dealership. All the affected vehicles’ owners are supposed to take their cars to the dealerships, where they will be inspected and if necessary with replace the faulty component. The entire inspection of the steering system, repair or replacement of parts will be carried out by Renault absolutely free of costs. Renault has not announced the recall officially to the media and has not yet offered any details regarding the exact fault or a particular faulty part in the steering system of the Kwid hatchback.
Renault has not even declared the exact number of the Kwid vehicles which are affected by this possibly faulty steering system. Thus, it is not known how many Kwids are falling under this voluntary recall procedure by Renault. Thus, the highly popular Renault Kwid small hatchback has faced the recall shame for the second time in India, although recalls are no longer seen to be a black spot in the name of any particular brand. More stringent rules in India ensured that car makers voluntarily recall their cars whenever they think something might be wrong with their offerings for the safety of the consumers. All the top car makers of India have been recalling their vehicles in order to replace or repair some faulty parts or systems in their cars, and in the past few years the number of recalled vehicles in India has only grown. Voluntary vehicle recalls are very common in the international markets, while in India also it is becoming a common trend. Car recalls only make sure that the manufacturers are mindful of the faults in their products and correct them on time to ensure the safety of their customers.
Previously, Renault had recalled over 50,000 units of the Kwid hatchback in order to fix the car’s faulty fuel delivery system. The Datsun RediGo from the house of Renault’s Japanese partner Nissan was recalled, as it uses the same platform and mechanical bits as the Renault Kwid.
Interestingly, the Renault Kwid 1.0-litre’s power steering system is shared with the Datsun Go, Go+ and RediGO. Currently it is not clear if these Datsun models are affected or not, or Nissan will also issue a recall soon.
The Renault Kwid has been an instant hit and emerged as a strong contender for the Maruti Suzuki Alto, which is the long time top selling car in India. The Kwid’s SUV-like styling, high ground clearance, good space and great features have all ensured it becomes a trend setter and create a new yardstick in the Indian entry-level hatchback space. Renault is planning to several new models based on the Kwid to boost sales.