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China recalls 5.31 million vehicles in 2013

BEIJING – China recalled a total of 5.31 million vehicles in 2013, a 65.8 percent increase from a year ago, reported Beijing Morning Post.

Of the total, 1.96 million vehicles were recalled because of defect investigation of General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), accounting for 37 percent of the total recalled automobiles.

Nearly all multinational automakers recalled vehicles in China in 2013, such as GM, Volkswagen, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. Two automakers recalled more than 1 million vehicles in total. About 20 automakers recalled over 10,000 vehicles combined.

Six local brands including Chang’an and Southeast Motor totally recalled 227,000 vehicles actively in the first four months of 2013. Local automakers only recalled seven times between 2009 and 2012.

The Administrative Regulations on the Recall of Defective Automobiles released on January 1, 2013 has played a crucial role in active vehicle recalls in China.

The vehicle defect investigations focused on powertrain system, braking system as well as electronics and engine faults.

China has totally recalled more than 660 times since 2004 when related recall rules on defective automobiles were released, involving around 15 million vehicles.

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