The Indian auto industry has been witnessing regular recalls from various auto makers ever since the country’s vehicle safety rules were made more stringent a few years ago. The modern Indian car market is way more matured and conscious than what it used to be earlier. In order to ensure that the cars are safe for the consumers, auto makers have been making recalls to replace any suspected faulty parts. Thus, while recalls were once considered defaming for the auto majors earlier, they are now part of the regular safety practices. Czech automaker Skoda is going to call back its Laura sedan models that were produced in the 2009-10 period in India.
Skoda Auto India’s current recall decision involves a small number of vehicles and includes only the Skoda Laura sedans that were manufactured between 2009 and 2010, and comprises of 663 units. As a reason behind this recall, Skoda has informed that the sedan requires getting a software update for the ABS and ESC control unit of the braking system in order to offer a safer riding experience to the customers.
For the uninitiated, the Skoda Laura is essentially the second generation Octavia. The Skoda Octavia is one of the most important models of the Czech automaker and is a very popular product in India. Skoda Auto India launched the second-gen Octavia with a new name ‘Laura’ in 2005, as the sedan was a fully overhauled model. The Skoda Laura was given a major facelift in 2009, while it was discontinued in 2013 to make way for the third generation Octavia that is selling in India and was recently refreshed. After the software update, the Skoda Laura is sort of making its comeback in India.
Skoda Auto India has already made the recall a formal one by featuring it under the service action alerts in its official website. Skoda India has also informed that the company is going to conduct service campaigns for the requirement of the software update in all the Laura lineup models which fall under this particular recall.
The software update of the Laura involve the ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and ECS (Electronic Stability Control) systems, both of which are very important safety features and are still offered in higher models in India, although they are now becoming popular in smaller cars as well. ABS prevents the wheels from getting locked during aggressive braking and thus, prevents uncontrolled skidding of the vehicle offering better control. On the other hand, ESC makes sure that the wheels offer optimum stability during emergency braking situations. The 2009-10 manufactured Laura’s ABS and ECS software is outdated and thus, needs an update to continue offering safe driving experience to the users.
Skoda Auto India has also informed that all the customers of the affected vehicle will be contacted personally by the authorized Skoda dealers to help schedule appointments for the required software update. The company has also revealed that the entire process will require only about an hour, while the service will be absolutely free of cost.