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2018 Recap: Cars Recalled In India - Maruti Swift, Toyota Innova Crysta, Ford EcoSport & More

Published On Dec 28, 2018 07:29 PM By Dhruv.A for Maruti Swift

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A total of 75,354 units were recalled, with a majority of them being premium cars

2018 Maruti Swift

So far, we’ve come out with two detailed reports (listed at the end) of all the cars that have been recalled in India for manufacturing defects. But with the year 2018 coming to an end, there have been quite a few surprise recalls of cars that belong in the exotic supercar territory apart from the the more affordable ones. So here’s a full round up of all the cars recalled this year. But first, let’s see which manufacturer contributed the most to this list.

Manufacturer name (A-Z)

Cars recalled

Mercedes-Benz

22, 579

Audi

18,323

BMW

16,350

Toyota

9,329

Ford

7,249

Maruti Suzuki

1,279

Volkswagen

245

Total

75,354

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The highest recalls were issued by Mercedes-Benz followed by Audi and then BMW. Now let’s look at the models from each manufacturer along with the reasons behind their recall.

Model

Number of units

Manufacturing timeline

Reason

Audi A6

8

2012-2017

Risk of moisture creeping inside electronic components

Audi R8

18

2016 to 2018

Possible oil leakage from the gearbox breather under extreme driving conditions such as on the race track

Audi A4, Q5

15,812

2011 to 2016

Auxiliary heater elements may fail

Audi A4, A6

2,485

2005 to 2011

Takata airbag gas generator housing might burst on deployment

BMW Mini

4

25 May 2017 to 11 June 2018

Crankshaft sensor affected

BMW X3

2

16 July 2007 to 29 September 2009

Rear spoiler screws bolted improperly

BMW X3

8

31 March to 3 May 2018

Airbag gas generator might have an issue

BMW X3

1

28 September 2017

Pressure limiting sealing cap issue

BMW X5

21 (CBU)

19 October 2001 to 22 February 2002

Wrong software, hardware connection may lead to unwanted airbag deployment

BMW E90 (3 Series)

1

1 December 2009

Airbag gas generator malfunction

BMW 3 Series

6,937

14 October 2004 to 17 January 2012

Plug connecting the wiring harness to blower controller may deteriorate and cause short circuit

BMW M5

13

1 November 2017 to 15 April 2018

Electric fuel pump issue

BMW 1 Series and 3 Series (E8X E9X)

9,362

26 July 2007 to 28 May 2012

Risky positive cable of the battery

BMW Mini Countryman (F5X F60)

1

11 June,18

Crankshaft sensor affected

Ford EcoSport

7,249

17 November 2017 to 30 March 2018

Powertrain control module software update

Lamborghini Aventador Coupe, S, Super Veloce, Roadster

30

2012 to 2018

Engine may switch off on certain driving conditions when transmission downshifts and the rpm's drop below 2000rpm

Mercedes-Benz A-Class; B-Class; C-Class; CLA and GLA

2,673

June 2012 to October 2014

Steering column not sufficiently grounded

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

8

11 May 2012 to 30 September 2013

Steering column not properly grounded

Mercedes-Benz C-Class and GLC

599

15 Apr 2014 to December 2017

Steering column not properly grounded

Mercedes-Benz A-Class; B-Class; C-Class; CLA and GLA

4,962

7 Jan, 2015 to 14 February 2017

Steering column issue

Mercedes-Benz A-Class; B-Class; C-Class; CLA and GLA

5,520

4 January 2014 to 6 December 2015

Steering column issue

Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, CLA, GLA, GLC

4,741

12 January 2016 to 17 December  2017

Steering column insufficiently grounded and might trigger airbag

Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class, E 400 Cabriolet

607

17 March  2012 to 23 September 2016

Steering column insufficiently grounded

Mercedes-Benz C-Class, S-Class, GLC

473

7 November 2016 to 4 February 2017

Propellant mixing ratio issue with seat-belt pretensioners

Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class

2,401

14 January 2017 to 10 March 2018

Power steering might get deactivated

Mercedes-Benz GLE, GLS

177

23 April 2018 to 20 August 2018

Rear axle brake caliper may not meet recommended specification

Maruti Suzuki Swift

566

17 May to 4 July 2018

Integrated circuit of airbag controller

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

713

7 May to 5 July 2018

Integrated circuit of airbag controller

Toyota Corolla

2,585

1 June 2015 to 30 November 2015

Airbag sensor issue

Toyota Corolla

3,937

2 January to 31 December 2013

Airbag inflation issue

Toyota Prius

2

8 December 2015

Airbag IC chip sensor issue

Toyota Innova Crysta and Fortuner

2,628

18 July 2016 to 22 March 2018

Fuel hose wrongly connected to canister hose

Toyota Prius

167

10 Oct 2008 to 5 Feb 2014

Hybrid software component could fail

Toyota Prius

10

16 May 2015 to 15 May 2018

Engine wire insulation may wear off causing short circuit

Volkswagen Polo GTI

245

2016 to 2017

Towing eye welding not up to the mark

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Note: VW has only issued official figures for the recall of the Polo GTI and not the Polo GT, Vento and the Jetta which were silently recalled in September 2018.

Are you the owner of any of the cars that were recalled this year? How was your experience at the service centre where the repairs were carried out? Do share your inputs in the comments section below and educate others.

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