While it’s always exciting to set a record, we have a feeling this is one achievement General Motors (NYSE:GM) would rather sweep under the rug.
In one of India’s largest recalls ever, The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. automaker has been forced to recall 114,000 of its Chevrolet Tavera sport utility vehicles due to problems involving emission standards and certain government specifications.
While the issues that caused the recall didn’t pose any safety risks, GM was forced to stall production of the Tavera due to strict government regulations that the U.S. automaker was failing to meet.
India’s Bharat Stage-3 and 4 standards are equivalent to the Euro-3 and 4 emission specifications, but since 2010, the country has been employing stricter Bharat Stage-4 standards for passenger vehicles in 13 of its major cities. The Bharat Stage-4 version of the Tavera is now facing issues meeting the necessary specifications.
The version of the vehicle that must abide by Bharat Stage-3 standards now implemented in the rest of India is not having problems meeting specifications, but is instead facing an emissions-related issue. That’s why GM India had to pause the production and sale of the Bharat Stage-3 version of its Chevy Tavera with the 2.5-liter diesel-engine as well as the Bharat Stage-4 variant and its accompanying 2.0-liter diesel-engine.
The automaker is eager to meet with authorities and receive regulatory approval for the solutions it says it found for its various setbacks because the Tavera is one of GM’s best-selling models in India. The magnitude and publicity of the recall doesn’t do the car manufacturer any favors as it works to minimize large-scale vehicle pullbacks, especially in a country where GM is starting to post lucrative sales.
Still, GM isn’t the only automaker feeling the recall heat in the country. Its U.S. rival, Ford (NYSE:F) also made auto headlines earlier this month when it announced the recall of 972 of its diesel-engine EcoSport SUVs just two weeks after the vehicle’s launch. The U.S. car manufacturer reported that it found a potential concern with the positioning of a Glow Plug module in the SUV that could lead to problems starting the vehicle’s diesel engine.
Like GM, Ford did not report any injuries or accidents that led to the recall, but instead carried out the voluntary decision in order to ensure safety and consumer satisfaction. Still, any recall results in drastic sales losses, and both automakers have had to swallow the unfavorable figures in order to facilitate future success in the region.
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