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China welcomes Ford, Toyota safety moves

China yesterday welcomed moves by Japanese auto giant Toyota and Ford of the United States to recall or suspend production of some cars due to safety risks.
China's product safety watchdog said Thursday Toyota would call back more than 75,000 cars in the country due to an accelerator problem, extending a program that has already affected millions of vehicles in the United States.
Ford on the same day announced that it has halted production of a commercial vehicle built in China as a precautionary measure since it used a pedal made by the same firm that supplied Toyota.
"It is a good thing. The moves are responsible," said Chang Xiaocun, head of the commerce ministry's market network development department.
"I hope every auto maker would recall when problems occur. It is part of after-sales service," he said on the sidelines of a news conference.
China itself has been criticised worldwide for a raft of product safety scandals in recent years involving dangerous foods, toys and other products, with its manufacturing industry being blamed as poorly regulated and corrupted.
Toyota last week recalled 2.3 million cars and trucks in the United States because of problems with sticking accelerator pedals. It has said the action would be extended to Europe.
The company said that in rare cases, the pedal mechanism could become worn and harder to depress or stuck in a partially depressed position.

Updated : 2021-07-29 17:26 GMT+08:00