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Chinese SUV safety recall [The Age]

Public diplomacy roadblock as one of two of Chery’s first vehicles for the Australian market hits a snag? Australia’s cheapest soft roader comes under scrutiny. Interesting to see how Aussie netizens react to the news that the Chinese SUV Chery J11 SUV is set for further recalls over crash safety fears. Here is a sample of the comments that came with the online report; from the understanding to the dubious.

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Are you really surprised? I mean really? Would you buy a car from a country who doesn’t even value the life of their own people?

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Yeah, I am actually quite surprised. How many other car companies would replace significant parts of the seats and the center console? It shows that Chery is dead serious about breaking into this market, and that they know that the bottom end, bargain basement of the market is wide open, now that KIA and Hyundai have crept up in price.

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I’m dubious about Chinese cars in general, and this only re-inforces my doubts. It’s a simple case of getting what you pay for. A car is not something to skimp on – if you want to save money you’re better off buying a decent second-hand car than a no-frills new car that’s just learning the ropes of producing cars for western markets. Most likely the Chinese will get the hang of it sooner rather than later – Japan did, and Korea are just about there – but right now you couldn’t give me a Chinese car, unless I needed a boat anchor.

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I never tire of this quote: “The only people who buy cars like this have no interest in driving and consequently aren’t very good at it”. It’s reassuring to know that when a Chery driver crashes into me, i’m going to come off considerably better (well, unless i’m on my motorbike)…

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Chinese car safety recall
Matt Campbell
Source – The Age, published September 28, 2011

Chery J11 SUV has been recalled after poor ANCAP testing. Photo – The Age

Chinese car brand Chery has issued its second recall in as many months, this time over crash safety fears for the J11 SUV.

The J11 SUV has been recalled because: “The side impact capabilities of the vehicle may not adequately protect the occupants in the event of an accident”.

The recall affects 1664 vehicles and is a similar problem to the one that forced a recall of Chery’s J1 city car last month.

The brand recalled the J1 after a fault was found in the seat structure that posed a high risk of a life-threatening chest injury for the driver”.

Owners are advised to contact their dealership as the J11 requires both front seats removed and the backrest assembly replaced, while some other sections of trim will be replaced on the centre console and side pillars.

Daniel Cotterill, a spokesman for the brand’s importer Ateco, says the recall is preventative rather than reactive.

“The J11 is part of the way through its ANCAP crash testing, but this action was taken on the basis of lessons learned,” he says, referring to the three-star crash test score awarded to the brand’s J1 city car.

“I think it’s fair to say that no-one was happy with the result from the J1,” Cotterill says. “Chery has undertaken rectification there, and they’ve moved to do so with other models as well.”

“Chery is new to the market and our policy is to have engineers here for the tests so that they can see for themselves the standards that are set here and how they’re tested,” he says. “We think that’s captured their attention, and they’ve moved to improve things where they think they need to.”

The J11 SUV is currently Australia’s cheapest soft-roader, priced at $17,990 driveaway.


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