India’s Maruti recalls 100,000 A-Star cars over fuel leakage

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MUMBAI, February 23, 2010 (AFP) – India’s biggest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India announced Tuesday it has recalled 100,000 of its best-selling A-Star hatchback cars due to a fuel leakage problem. “No problem has been reported by customers.”

The recall covers those A-Stars made between November 2008 and August 2009.

The company, the leader in India’s main small car market, said it was changing the fuel pump gasket free of charge for customers.

“The recall process is on and should be completed soon with more than 50 percent of the faulty cars having been fixed,” a Maruti spokesman told AFP.

The company said the problem could occur if the fuel was filled to the brim. Maruti, majority owned by Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp, said it launched the recall last November to fix the fault.

The A-Star cars are being recalled both locally and internationally, mainly in Europe, as a “proactive” step, the company said in a statement.

“We decided to check all vehicles from the lot, around 100,000 units including those exported overseas,” the company said.

Maruti shares fell 3.24 percent or 44.8 rupees to 1,336.85 on the back of the announcement.

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