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AQSIQ says VW Sagitar defective

FAW-VOLKSWAGEN’S New Sagitar compact cars with coupling rods in rear axles are defective and pose safety hazards for users, China’s top quality watchdog said after a probe which began in August 2014.

The trailing arms on the rear suspension may deform in the case of collision and the fatigue life of the arms will drop substantially as the deformation increases, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said yesterday.

Following mounting complaints from Sagitar owners in China, FAW-Volkswagen announced a recall in October and placed metal plates on the trailing arms to ensure the proper operation in case of a rupture.

The investigation found the metal plate raised the rods’ resistance to deformation and lower the possibility of deformation, but still did not eliminate the problem.

The AQSIQ said the company should raise the ratio of recalled vehicles and take more measures to resolve the issue.


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