GM recalls 1.5 m cars in China

GM recalls 1.5 m cars in China

General Motors Co’s China joint venture is recalling 1.46 million cars due to a defect with the fuel pump brackets, in one of the largest safety recalls in the world’s biggest auto market.

The cars are made locally by Shanghai General Motors Co Ltd, GM’s venture with SAIC Motor Corp. GM said on Friday that the bracket may crack after long-term use and in extreme cases could lead to fuel leaks.

The recall, which was announced on Friday by China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, affects two of GM’s most popular models in China, the Buick Excelle compact car and the Chevrolet Sail subcompact.

More than 1.2 million Excelle made between 2006 and 2011 and more than 240,000 Sail subcompacts built between 2009 and 2011 are in the recall. The leading US automaker by sales, GM is facing stiffer competition in China from competitors such as Volkswagen AG.

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