American automobile major, Ford's Indian arm has recalled the 16,444 units of its compact SUV EcoSport manufactured between November 2013 and April 2014. The company initiated recall over an issue with Rear Twist Beam (RTB) bolt.
"In some of the affected vehicles, there is a possibility that the Rear Twist Beam (RTB) bolt may not be tightened to specification, which may cause the pivot bolt to break," Ford India said in a statement.
The current state can potentially compromise vehicle handling and thereby increase the risk of an accident. However, no accidents related to the concern have been reported so far. "Ford is writing to 16,444 EcoSport customers for getting their vehicles inspected at a local Ford dealer. If needed, Ford dealership will carry out necessary rework free of cost," the company statement added.
Previously, Ford India had recalled also 1,66,021 units of its Figo and Fiesta Classic models in September 2013 to rectify faulty rear twist beam and the power steering hose. With Ford's latest recall, over 13.25 lakh vehicles have been recalled by various manufacturers in India so far, reports PTI.
The EcoSport SUV is one of the important offering from Ford India. The company recently updated the compact SUV with a price tag starting at Rs 6.79 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The new EcoSport facelift features 1.5-liter TDCi diesel engine, which is retuned to dish out 99bhp of power. The 1.5-liter Ti-VCT petrol and the 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engines continue as it is.