SIAM releases Voluntary Recall Code
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- 06:51 pm, July 03, 2012
SIAM has framed new recall policy for vehicles with manufacturing defects; policy recommends government intervention in case of violations by automakers.
The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM,) the automobile industry body has launched a 'Voluntary Recall Code' on vehicle recall, to set higher road safety standards in the country. Under the code, automakers are required to follow set standard procedures, once a potential manufacturing defect has been detected in their products that may compromise driver, passenger or pedestrian safety.
The code, which came into being on 1 July 2012 is applicable on the registered passenger cars, two wheelers and commercial vehicles. For CBU imports, the concerned importers will be responsible to see that the Recall Code is being enforced.
The policy, which is applicable to all the automakers stipulates that if a firm is of the opinion that there is a manufacturing defect in its product that comprises safety, it will voluntarily rectify the problem, free of cost for the customers.
SIAM has also recommended in the policy that the government could take action if any of its members fail to declare a recall, despite a clear evidence of defects surfacing in vehicles sold.
Vehicles within seven years of manufacture will be covered under the safety recall. Companies will be required to post notifications on their websites and publicise through other media.
SIAM president, S Sandilya said, "The policy is a consensus of all the members and is another initiative towards our commitment to automotive quality and responsibility. All companies based in India will adhere to it voluntarily to rectify defects and secure their own brand image."
"In case a manufacturer fails to announce a recall, where clear evidence is available as per the definition and guidelines, then the government or its concerned ministry may issue appropriate directions to the vehicle manufacturers for such violation," the policy stated.
First Published on 06:51 pm, July 03, 2012
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