Ford has announced a massive recall of its popular Figo and Classic models. The American carmaker has stated that it will be recalling more than one lakh units of the hatchback and the sedan to rectify a faulty suspension and power steering system. The two issues could lead to fire and brake safety problems.
Ford's recall of the Figo and Classic is limited to cars built between January 2008 and December 2010. It added 111,000 cars will be inspected for any defects and returned to owners. In its statement Ford has stated that part replacements will be done to 17,665 cars.
The Figo's recall is a major embarrassment to Ford as it has been its best selling car. The Figo has helped Ford garner the sales volumes since its launch and its diesel variant has been one of the best performing diesel hatchback.
The Classic, which was previously the Fiesta Classic has also been a great sedan for Ford. The Classics recall will be limited to the old models sold until 2011 and will not involve the renamed version.
The Figo's recall is a result of a voluntary pre-emptive action taken by Ford to inspect some of the cars to identify any potential issues in the power steering hose and rear twist beam. Ford's spokesperson has stated that all petrol Figos and Classics that are being recalled will have their power steering hoses replaced.
Ford has also stated that there have been no injuries that are result of these faulty parts in India.