Less than three months after announcing the country’s second largest recall, Japanese car maker on Thursday said it will recall a total of over 90,000 vehicles, mostly City, to replace the fuel return pipe. A total of 64,428 units of diesel Honda City manufactured between December 2013 and July 2015 will be recalled along with 25,782 units of Mobilio manufactured between June 2014 and July 2015.
“There is a possibility that in some of these cars, the fuel return pipe may come out, resulting in fuel leakage and leading to engine stoppage”, said a company statement.
In September, the fourth largest player in the domestic passenger vehicle market had initiated a recall of 223,578 units of City, Civic, Jazz and CR-V manufactured between 2003 and 2011 to replace airbag inflators.
The fuel return pipe and related parts will be replaced free of cost at the company dealerships across India from December 19 in a phased manner and the owners will be contacted individually.
The customers can also check if their car is covered under this campaign by submitting their 17 character alpha-numeric vehicle identification number (VIN) on a dedicated microsite which has been created.
This is the fifth recall by Honda in 18 months. In May this year, it had recalled 11,381 units of the Accord, CR-V and Civic manufactured between 2003 and 2007 to replace a faulty part in passenger and driver-side airbags.
In July last year, the company recalled 1,338 units of the Accord and CR-V models manufactured between 2002 and 2003 to replace faulty inflators in the passenger-side airbags. Subsequently, in October 2014, it recalled 2,338 units of the Brio, Amaze and CR-V manufactured between September 2011 and July 2014 to replace faulty inflators.
India does not have a mandatory recall policy for vehicles, though companies have voluntarily announced recalls from time to time.
Close to 1.5 million passenger vehicles have been recalled by different domestic players since July 2012 when industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers announced a voluntary recall code for its member companies.