The Chevrolet Sail on display at the North American International Auto Show.
AlamyA Chevrolet Sail on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
SHANGHAI -- General Motors Co.'s China joint venture will recall close to 1.5 million vehicles due to potential safety issues in one of the biggest recalls in the world's biggest autos market.

Shanghai General Motors Co. Ltd., GM's venture with SAIC Motor Corp., will recall about 1.46 million Buick and Chevrolet models produced locally due to issues with a bracket that secures the fuel pump, the country's quality watchdog said Friday.

Some of the recalled vehicles include the Chevy Sail which is exported to emerging markets, a Shanghai-based GM official said.

Separately, the watchdog said Ford Motor's (F) joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co. Ltd. will recall close to 81,000 of its Kuga cars over a steering part.

Yale Zhang, head of Shanghai-based consulting firm Automotive Foresight, said the GM (GM) recall was big in number because both the affected models -- the Buick Excelle and the Chevrolet Sail -- are high-volume, mainstream cars, but the cause of the recall didn't appear too serious.

"GM has warned that the affected component might crack after long use and lead to fuel leakage, but in real life it doesn't appear to have happened," Zhang said.
"There are so many recalls these days, and some automakers call back products proactively more as a precaution. In this case, the recall shouldn't affect GM's reputation in China that much."

U.S. carmakers in China have generally outpaced growth in the overall market, boosted by their popular product line-ups and partly as Japanese rivals were hit last year by anti-Japan protests following a territorial dispute between Beijing and Tokyo.

GM sold 2.89 million vehicles in China in January-November, up 11.4 percent from a year earlier, while Ford sold 840,975 vehicles, up 51 percent.

Total China vehicle sales rose 13.5 percent in January-November to 19.86 million, with car sales up 15.1 percent to 16.15 million, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

Last month, Volkswagen's Chinese unit recalled 640,309 vehicles to check they were using mineral oil rather than synthetic oil to avoid gearbox-related electronic flaws. That was part of a broader global recall over a range of issues with several models. It also pulled 207,778 Tiguan compact sport-utility vehicles off the road due to a risk of a partial light malfunction.

GM makes vehicles in China in partnership with both FAW Group and SAIC. Ford has manufacturing and sales ventures in China with Changan Automobile and Jiangling Motors Corp.


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Michael Wind

what about the new gm president,anything at all,lets give her a raise,perhaps we can sell chevy in africa,ok lets give them away for free and obama will give gm more money,and yes american car dealers are mostly criminals.

January 22 2014 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
edwardnieter

It is a little late to get patriotic now folks. Globalization should not have happened and US sovereignty should not dissolve, but thats the brave new world, right?

December 28 2013 at 5:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard

When America gets it's collective head out of it's posterior and realizes unions were what created and sustained our middle class, our auto makers (and other manufacturing industries) will return to the US. The GOP hates unions because they can influence the bottom line of the corporations and therefore reduce the profits going into the pockets of the wealthy. All the parts being imported can be manufactured right here in the US and collective bargaining can make it happen.

December 28 2013 at 5:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stvhndyman

AH, MADE IN CHINA, let's see:
Childrens toys with lead
Tainted pet food
And now recalled autos
Yep China is a good place to outsource to.

December 28 2013 at 4:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dmgg711

We should buy American. Thanks to the Republicans that they blocked off-shoring cuts to tax breaks. U.S. companies operating their businesses in China should be black balled in the U.S. We should demand American made products. If China, Japan, India and other countries had their own products made in their country then I agree we can buy exports but not exports from American companies.

December 28 2013 at 2:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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HAT1701D

Try and find companies that manufacture entirely in the United States...try it. Even if the product is fully assembled in the U.S. the chances are far above 90% that it uses parts manufactured, if not in China, then from countries over seas and usually in the East Asia region. It isn't just Republicans either, take your blinders off. Too many people in Washington have money on the line from corporate backing into their campaign coffers. Regardless, these particular products being discussed are sold on the Chinese market. Do a little research, the Ford "Kuga" is the Chinese version of the 2013 Escape. The Chevy Sail is the Chinese market version of the Cruze. The Buick Excelle is the Chinese market version of the Regal or perhaps the Verano. They are designed to meet Chinese market standards, not U.S. On top of that, many of our "American" models you will find here on our lots are manufactured in Canada or Mexico ( with ample parts and components from Japan, China, Taiwan, etc ). Unfortunately...this is a global market. The Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant 4 1/2 miles away from me is probably as much an American car today as the Chevy, Ford and Chrysler products sitting on lots in town. The difference? The profit goes over to Japan. The product is still being built here in America by Hoosiers with their take home pay being used to support the local economy and feeding the taxes of this nation.

December 28 2013 at 3:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chrhtc

Didn't China say don't worry it's only 81000 cars with fule line and steering problems.81000.
If your fule line leaks and you can't steer isn't that a rolling object out of control that can really become a possiable hazzard.Think about a whole nation going on distructive durbey aleart?
Even without spell check ,you know what I mean....

December 28 2013 at 2:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WESLEY

The next time G M ( Goverment Motors) gets in trouble they can get China to bail them out. Then they would be called C M (China Motors). Would you buy a Chevy made in China.?

December 28 2013 at 1:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JOSEPH G MATTERA

SO MUCH FOR OUT SOURCING.............

December 28 2013 at 12:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
j&b

union incompetence and government bail out = losers every time

December 28 2013 at 12:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JUDY

AREN'T THESE THE BASTARD'S (GM) US TAXPAYER'S WERE FORCED TO BAILOUT?????????????

December 27 2013 at 10:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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craig

that was ALL paid back and the Fed sold it at OVER 40.00 bucks a share... so they made some money on the last batch... and ALL those parts for those cars that were built in China.. were MADE in China... helping those bastards saved the Economey and soooo many jobs,.. when Bush started the Bailout it was the right thing to do... we helped Chrylser back in the 70's and was paid back... chill.. its Christmas..

December 27 2013 at 10:41 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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HAT1701D

Better recheck your figures. The Federal Gov. still lost money over all. That means us, the tax payers, lost money over all. G.M.'s stock never recovered enough for the Federal Gov. to make a profit.

December 28 2013 at 3:06 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down