SIAM Working On Voluntary Car Recall Policy For India


Car recalls  by respective manufacturers have become quite common now a days and this is concerning the automobile industry body SIAM. Manufacturers such as Tata, Honda, Maruti Suzuki, Toyota and BMW have earlier recalled their products to rectify defects but since these instances have happened at times and again, SIAM is working on a voluntary recall policy to resolve these issues.

Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) President S Sandilya told reporters,

“There is no government policy on recall. What we are doing is framing a guideline for our members. It is a voluntary initiative from the manufacturers. We are working on it now…in the next few months you will hear some announcement on it.”,

he said when asked about the finalization of the policy. Sandilya said

“the voluntary recall policy, is in the interest of the manufacturers and will make them proactive rather than being reactive. This will, however, not be mandatory as we can’t mandate companies to do it,”


Let us take a look at the recalls made by different manufactures over the past few years

  • In month of February, BMW said it will start recalling 3,422 units of BMW 5-Series and BMW 6-Series in India to replace faulty battery cable cover
  • In 2009 Maruti Suzuki recalled 1 lakh units of Maruti A-Star hatchback to replace fuel pump gasket, which is one of the biggest exercise of its type
  • Last year in September, Honda recalled 72,115 units of Honda City in India to replace defective power window switches
  • Toyota Kirloskar motor also announced in 2011 that it will recall 41,000 units of Toyota Etios Liva small car and Toyota Etios sedan to replace a faulty inlet pipe of fuel tank
  • One of the biggest replacement exercise of the Indian automobile history was the recall of 1.4 lakh Tata Nano units for the free-of-cost replacement of the starter motor
  • In November 2010, Tata recalled 70,000 Nanos to add fire-safety devices free-of-cost.

We look positively ahead towards this voluntary recall policy. Stay tuned for the official announcement. Check our more car recall news here. Stay tune for the latest updates by signing up for our free email newsletter and like our official Facebook Page for updates on your Facebook wall.