Volkswagen AG and its Chinese joint ventures will recall 4.86 million vehicles in China due to potential safety issues with Takata Corp air bags, Reuters reports.
VW China will recall 103,573 vehicles, while FAW-Volkswagen will recall 2.35 million vehicles and SAIC Volkswagen will pull back 2.4 million vehicles, the report said, citing China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.
The recall will run from March next year into 2019, the quality watchdog was quoted as saying in a statement.
Volkswagen told Reuters in an emailed statement on Thursday that after discussions, Chinese authorities had concluded a fault could occur in rare cases when the air bag was deployed, “which may create a potential safety risk”.
“Acting upon advice from the Chinese safety authority, Volkswagen Group China therefore made this recall decision.”
The recall comes after Chinese watchdogs asked VW as well as General Motors and Mercedes-Benz to recall vehicles with Takata air bags earlier this year.
Official Chinese estimates show over 20 million cars in China had air bags made by Takata, which have been linked to at least 16 deaths and 180 injuries globally.
The air bags have the potential to explode with too much force and spray shrapnel.
The defect led to the biggest recall in automotive history and eventual bankruptcy of Takata.
Volkswagen said the group will provide free air bag replacements on the recalled cars in China.
Volkswagen delivered 3.98 million vehicles in China last year, making it the biggest foreign automaker in the country, according to the report.
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