Renault India recalls Scala and Pulse over defective airbag issue
Renault India`s Pulse hatchback and Scala sedan have been recalled for a possible defect with the airbags. A total of 646 vehicles have been recalled, 620 units of the Pulse and 26 units of the Scala manufactured between Sep 2011 and July 2012 may have a flaw with the driver`s side airbag that could compromise the occupant`s safety.
Both the Renault Scala and Pulse are badge engineered products of the Nissan Sunny and Micra manufactured at the French car maker`s plant in Chennai. Last year in October, 9000 units of the Sunny and Micra were recalled for a similar airbag related issue. All the cars are powered by the proven 1.5 dCi diesel motor. Renault India has already started contacting the customers of the affected cars and necessary repairs will be done free of cost. The time required to perform the repairs has not yet been conveyed by the company.
The airbags supplier in question is Japanase component manufacturer Takata Corporation. Takata has been in the news recently for a similar issue involving airbags which affected 8 million cars worldwide across brands like Honda, BMW, Nissan, Toyota and General Motors. The Indian innings of the Scala and Pulse has been dismal with Renault selling 2797 units of the Pulse and 1744 units of the Scala in 2014.
Source: Economic Times