AvtoVAZ recalling 45,000 Lada Grantas over airbag failure image

AvtoVAZ, Russia’s largest carmaker, announced on Thursday it is recalling 45,348 Lada Grantas over potential airbag failures.

It is AvtoVAZ’ second recall of new models this year. The cars affected by the recall account for almost 40 percent of all Grantas the carmaker has manufactured since the launch of the model in December 2011.

AvtoVaz said it would check and reprogramme the airbag control blocks, made by Takata Petri AG, the German unit of Japanese company Takata. The cars involved are produced between end-May and end-September of 2012. Back in April, AvtoVAZ recalled nearly 100,000 Kalina and Granta models over defects in the fuel system. The recall represented a first major blow to the carmaker’s efforts to rebrand itself as a reliable modern car manufacturer.

The Lada Granta and Kalina are two of the new designs AvtoVAZ hopes will eventually replace the 30-year-old Lada 2105/07, a Fiat 124-based model that was discontinued this year. The Renault-Nissan alliance this month finalised a deal to take control of AvtoVAZ by taking a 67.13 percent stake in a joint venture with state-owned holding group Russian Technologies.

AvtoVAZ launched its new passenger car, Lada Granta, in December last year. The Granta is based on the Kalina platform. AvtoVAZ plans to produce over 100,000 low-cost Granta cars in 2012.