Transport Ministry approves formula for recall of vehicles plying less than 7 years

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) Mr. Nitin Gadkari has approved a new formula for recall of vehicles of a particular model, if there are complaints. Such triggered recall will be linked to the percentage of complaints received from consumers and the annual sale volume of that specific model.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) headed by Mr. Nitin Gadkari has approved a new formula for recall of vehicles of a particular model, if there are complaints. Such triggered recall will be linked to the percentage of complaints received from consumers and the annual sale volume of that specific model. Vehicles with age of less than seven years will be applicable for recall, which will be determined from the date of manufacturing, import or retro-fitment.

According to a report from ETAuto, for mass selling products, the percentage of complaints to trigger the recall will be lesser considering the high volume of sales. The new provision for mandatory and voluntary vehicle recall has been included in the amended Motor Vehicle Act.

If the annual sale of a car is up to 500 units, then 100 complaints which is 20% of sold units, will be sufficient for the transport ministry to initiate the recall process. Where the annual sale of cars is over 500 units but less than 10,000 units, the number of complaints required have be at least 1,050. Additionally, if the annual sale of the car is beyond 10,000 units, the complaint count need to be at least 1,250.

Similar formula will be applicable to two-wheelers, three-wheelers and buses.