Over 20,000 units of the Ford EcoSport compact crossover have been recalled in India, which also happens to be a major production base for the vehicle. The latest recall for the EcoSport in India is the second such affair that the crossover has seen in its short lifecycle that began from 2012. In 2012, weeks after launch, Ford recalled a limited number of EcoSport crossovers to fix the glow plug control module (GPCM), which had the potential to absorb moisture and fair when the vehicle was driven in knee deep water. The latest recall has to do with the side airbags and corrosion in the fuel and vapour lines.
Ford India’s nationwide after sales network will check 20,752 units of the EcoSport sold in the country for wiring harness issues in the side airbags equipped model. Also, fuel and vapour lines will be checked for corrosion, and replaced if found faulty. The recall will be carried at no cost to the customer. Ford has begun reaching out to the affected EcoSport owners in India through it dealer channels. This recall comes close on the heels of a similar exercise that Ford of Australia conducted last week. In the Australia-spec EcoSport that was built in India, airbag wiring harness and automatic transmission issues were addressed.
Although Ford sells the 1.5 liter petrol powered EcoSport with a 6 speed twin clutch automatic transmission in India, this variant has not yet come under the recall scanner for clutch judder, which is an issue identified on the car sold in Australia. Ford sells the EcoSport with two other engine options in India. The 1 liter-3 cylinder EcoBoost turbo petrol engine is a one of its kind motor offered on a compact SUV sold in the country, while the best selling variants features the 1.5 liter-4 cylinder TDCI turbo diesel motor. The EcoSport, as things stand today, is the best selling vehicle for Ford in India, with a sizeable chunk of production headed to export markets.