General Motors Will Recall 2.16 Million Cars In China

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SAIC-GM, a joint venture between General Motors and Chinese partner SAIC, will have to recall 2.16 million vehicles in the Middle Kingdom.
The recall will begin on August 15, 2016, and will target the engine crankcase ventilation valves (CVV), which may corrode over time. The service campaign will include a free replacement of the component, just like in the USA and the rest of the world.

General Motors officials have already announced that this recall campaign does not affect cars sold in other parts of the world, as the cars made in China by this joint-venture are only sold there, Automotive News informs.

General Motors’ latest recall applies to approximately 834,000 Buick Excelle models, 1.1 million Chevrolet Cruze vehicles, an estimated 159,000 Chevrolet Epica models, and around 18,000 Chevrolet Aveo cars.

The affected vehicles were manufactured between February 14, 2009, and April 27, 2016. While GM’s Chinese partner did not mention what engine version was affected, we suspect the CVV was a shared part between multiple powertrains, possibly gasoline engines with a four-cylinder configuration. We must note that the Buick Excelle does share some engines with the Chevrolet Cruze, and at least two of those are available in the Chevrolet Aveo.

Most likely, one of the inline-four Ecotec engines is the powerplant that requires fixing, as all of the affected models share 1.4 and 1.6-liter versions of GM’s Ecotec engine. While available in multiple variations, components like the CVV might be shared, thus leading to over two million vehicles being recalled for the same problem. General Motors will have to replace the crankcase ventilation valve on the affected engines because of “insufficient corrosion resistance” of the mentioned part.

The recall was requested by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine. The described agency is a consumer protection watchdog from China, roughly equivalent to the NHTSA, but with a focus on other products as well. When discovering that China has an agency like this, we cannot help but wonder why they did not check those “hoverboard” devices, now banned from airplanes because of their tendency to catch fire or explode.
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