General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. recall 1.5 million vehicles in China

Nathan Andrada – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Shanghai, China (4E) – General Motors Co. and rival Ford Motor Co. will recall more than a million-and-half vehicles in China due to defective parts, according to the country’s quality watchdog statement released Friday.

GM and its Chinese partner SAIC Motor Corp. will recall more than 1.46 million Chevrolet and Buick cars over defective fuel-pump brackets, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said.

The statement said that the brackets could result to fuel leaks under “extreme conditions” and this poses safety threats, thus the reason for the recall, which will begin on Monday. The recall will affect vehicles made from 2006 to 2011, China’s quality watchdog said.

Shanghai General Motors Co., which is the joint venture between U.S. auto giant and SAIC, will replace the defective brackets.

In a separate statement by the quality regulator, Ford and its partner Chongqing Changan Automobile Co. will recall over 80,000 units of the Kuga sport-utility vehicles in China because of a problem related to steering parts.

The companies will begin its recall on Feb. 21 as they need to prepare replacement parts, according to the statement.

In the first 11 months of the year, auto sales in China — the world’s biggest car market – reached a record high of 19.86 million, topping the total sales for 2012.

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