Honda recently announced a recall on their Honda Jazz / Fit models worldwide – However, in India we will not be having any recalls as the models in India are 2nd generation and do not carry the fault.
Now, this “recall” term is very new to India – I am not sure how many of you know, but what a car recall means – When a car is sold to you and if there is any company defect found, they have issue a notice to all the car owners to bring back their cars to authorized company workshops. The cars then get full replacement for that faulty part completely free of charge.
This normally happens when there is an accident (or series of them) and the culprit is found to be the faulty part.
The recalls are can wipe of billions of dollars from companies’ balance sheet and can even lead to bankruptcy in some cases.
In this particular case, the Honda Jazz / fit model had a faulty window switch that caused the fire in an incident where the child was fatally burned. There were couple of other similar fire incidents due to this faulty switch.
In western countries, the auto companies can be sued for millions if they find manufacturer’s fault – and hence as a preventive measure the faulty car models are recalled for repairs.
However, here in India we have never heard of a recall till now, even though there have been probably thousands of cases where the manufacturer has been at fault – We do not have such legal system to safe-guard the interest of consumers.
But with Multinationals coming in to India, will they bring in the culture of recalls? and if it happens, Indian auto companies will also have to brace themselves up for such incidents.
I am not sure how many of you remember the Skoda cars have had tremendous problems and customer complaints about their faulty parts, and Skoda India on their part have never acknowledged any of the problems. Infact, it has even been proved in court that there are problems with faulty parts, but still we have never seen a recall from the company.
Whats your opinion?