Volk­swa­gen to re­call 4.86m cars over faulty airbags

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By LI FUSHENG li­fusheng@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Ger­man car gi­ant Volk­swa­gen AG and its Chi­nese part­ners will re­call 4.86 mil­lion cars in China over faulty airbags from Ja­panese sup­plier Takata Corp, the largest ever re­call in the his­tory of the world’s largest au­to­mo­tive mar­ket.

Volk­swa­gen Group China will re­call 103,573 ve­hi­cles, FAW-Volk­swa­gen 2.35 mil­lion ve­hi­cles and SAIC Volk­swa­gen 2.4 mil­lion ve­hi­cles be­cause the airbags may ex­plode with fly­ing metal shards un­der cer­tain con­di­tions, the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine said in a state­ment on Thurs­day.

The cars, which involve those from the Volk­swa­gen, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands, will be re­called start­ing from March 2018 into 2019. Volk­swa­gen Group China said it would pro­vide free air bag re­place­ments for the re­called cars.

The re­call came after the qual­ity watch­dog called on Volk­swa­gen, Gen­eral Mo­tors and Mercedes-Benz to make re­calls, which com­bined are es­ti­mated to have around 8 mil­lion cars with Tataka airbags.

“Act­ing upon ad­vice from the Chi­nese safety author­ity, Volks- wa­gen Group China there­fore made this re­call de­ci­sion,” said Volk­swa­gen in an email.

It added that Volk­swa­gen Group has not re­ceived any re­port on its prod­ucts world­wide re­gard­ing rup­tured Takata front airbags.

Gen­eral Mo­tors China said it is de­vel­op­ing a com­pre­hen­sive re­call plan. “We will work closely with the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine to take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tions in the near fu­ture.”

The three are not the only af­fected car­mak­ers. Ac­cord­ing to the top qual­ity watch­dog, as of the end of June this year, 24 au­tomak­ers had re­called 10.59 mil­lion ve­hi­cles and an ad­di­tional five had made plans to re­call 1.26 mil­lion ve­hi­cles.

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