The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a recall for 23,000 Chinese-made cars manufactured by Chery and Great Wall.
You probably are aware of China's shabby product safety reputation so this latest news coming from Australia shouldn't be a surprise. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a recall for 23,000 Chinese-made cars manufactured by Chery and Great Wall.
It seems that these vehicles have engine and exhaust gaskets which contain asbestos, a carcinogen that is prohibited in Australia. Both Chery and Great Wall were told to stop selling these cars right away, while owners of such models were warned not to make any sort of DIY repairs concerning gaskets.
This recall comes at a time when automakers from China are seriously taking into consideration increasing exports in Europe and possibly in the United States as well. One of Great Wall's spokesman mentioned in an interview given to Bloomberg that this recall won't affect the company's plans of expansion overseas.
There are no exact details about how those parts containing asbestos came to be used in Australia, but a spokesman at Chery said to Bloomberg that the car manufacturer has made a mistake, producing vehicles with parts that were not intended to be used for export cars. However, it seems that this recall also affects a lot of the cars imported from China.
Check out the press release issued by the ACCC for more information about this recall.