Chinese recall of 75,000 Kumho-shod cars announced
Vehicle manufacturers in China are set to recall up to 75,000 cars fitted with Kumho tyres as original equipment. According to various sources, Beijing Hyundai will recall around 63,500 cars built between June 4, 2008 and January 13, 2011, while some 7,200 Kia Rio and Cerato vehicles and almost 4,700 cars manufactured by Great Wall Motor will be recalled.
These recalls have been announced by China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and involve tyres alleged to have been manufactured in China using higher levels of rework rubber than is permitted by Kumho’s own internal standards. The vehicle manufacturers will inspect customer tyres and replace them free of charge when applicable.
The Reuters news service also reports that in March the Chinese government suspended Kumho’s license to sell tyres produced in its Tianjin factory.