China suspends Jeep Wrangler imports over safety concerns
Published on April 11, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
China’s top product quality watchdog said on Friday that the country would suspend imports of Jeep Wrangler vehicles because of a serious potential safety hazard.
Consumers in China have reported several cases of imported Jeep Wranglers catching fire. Investigations found that the fires were the result of a problem in the vehicles’ automatic transmission and related systems, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said in a statement on its website.
The administration did not mention whether these incidents resulted in casualties.
The AQSIQ urged Chrysler, the vehicle’s manufacturer, to determine the cause of the problems and solve them. “Before that, the manufacturer and importers should take precautionary measures for the vehicles involved to ensure consumers’ safety,” it said.
Chrysler to recall JEEP Wranglers in China
China’s top quality watchdog said Thursday US automaker Chrysler will recall 464 JEEP Wrangler vehicles in the Chinese mainland over problems with bolts that could cause noise and even affect steering while the vehicle is running.
Chrysler’s China company will conduct the recall, which is set to begin on April 8. The vehicles involved were produced between July 7, 2010 and Sept 10, 2010, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement on its website.
The Chrysler China Sales Company will conduct free checks on the recalled cars, fix the bolts, and make sure the cars are safe to drive again, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the vehicles in inventory produced during the period would undergo checks and repairs before being sold on the market, the statement said.