Maruti Suzuki has recalled 3,796 units of the Ciaz C-Segment sedan in India. The cars recalled are said to have a clutch issue. Dealers have begun calling Ciaz owners among the affected cars to effect the recall. The fix will be issued at no cost to the customer. Maruti Suzuki has not shared the exact nature of the problem afflicting the Ciaz, and resulting in the recall. Notably, the Ciaz has been in the Indian car market for just two months, and is now the best selling C-Segment sedan in the country, displacing the Honda City from its top perch.
The Ciaz is sold with petrol and turbo diesel engines. The petrol engine is a 1.4 liter K-Series, naturally aspirated unit that makes 90 Bhp-130 Nm while the diesel engine is a 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine rated at 90 Bhp-200 Nm. Both these engines use 5 speed manual transmissions as standard fare. The recall is said to affect the manual transmission equipped Ciaz. Maruti Suzuki also sells the Ciaz Petrol with a 4 speed automatic gearbox. If you do own a manual transmission equipped Ciaz and want to check whether your car is covered under the latest recall, hit this link.
In India, vehicle recalls are left to the whims and fancies of manufacturers, with the Indian government yet to make legislation that makes recalling vehicles mandatory in case of safety issues or part failures. Currently, vehicle manufacturers in India go by the SIAM voluntary recall code. The Indian government is working on a mandatory vehicle recall policy that will bring all automakers operating in the country under its purview. Better regulation of vehicle recall is expected to improve safety and also lead to car makers taking a more proactive stance in fixing faults discovered after manufacturing.