MOSCOW Dec 27 Russia's largest car maker
AvtoVAZ said on Thursday it is recalling 45,348 Lada
Grantas over potential airbag failures, its second recall of new
models this year.
The cars affected by the recall account for almost 40
percent of all Grantas the company has produced since launching
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
Japan's Takata, in cars produced between end-May and
end-September of 2012.
In April, the company recalled nearly 100,000 Kalina and
Granta models due to defects in the fuel system, delivering a
first major blow to its efforts to re-brand itself as a reliable
modern car manufacturer.
Granta as well as Kalina are two of the new designs AvtoVAZ
hopes will eventually replace the three-decade-old Lada Classic,
a boxy model that went out of production this year.
Franco-Japanese alliance Renault-Nissan
this month finalised a long-awaited deal to take control of
AvtoVAZ via a 67.13 percent stake in a joint venture with
state-owned holding group Russian Technologies.
(Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Maria Kiselyova;
Editing by Douglas Busvine)