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Ministry coordinates recall of 8,730 cars

Customers of affected vehicles advised to contact dealerships to fix potential problems

  • By Zaher Bitar, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 February 28, 2012
  • Gulf News

Dubai: The Ministry of Economy has started the recall of 8,730 cars, including two Nissan models and two Infiniti models, from the UAE market.

The ministry has advised owners of the Nissan Juke 2012, and Patrol 2011-2012 as well as two models of the Infiniti QX56 2011-2012 and M 2012-20 to register with their dealers to fix the potential problem.

Confirming the move, Michel Ayat, CEO of Arabian Automobiles, told Gulf News that although they had not received any complaint yet, they are launching a recall campaign in coordination with the ministry in an attempt to provide the required safety inspections.

"While Arabian Automobiles sold 3,930 cars of these models, the defect is probably to be noticed in six vehicles maximum," he said.

"This is not a major or even serious problem and can be fixed easily in our [service centres] and within one hour and ten minutes."

The move comes as Porsche revealed that it is recalling nearly 102,000 of its top-selling Cayenne SUVs worldwide to fix a potential problem that could result in headlights coming loose or falling off.

As a result, the Ministry of Economy is coordinating with the dealerships to withdraw 2,910 Porsche Cayenne SUVs from the market.

Among these cars there are 1,810 vehicles that belong to Al Nabooda Motors and 1,100 cars from Ali & Sons Group. The vehicles were built for model years 2011 and 2012 and built between March 2010 and January 2012, the ministry confirmed.

Twist lock problem

The main problems, said Hashim Al Nuaimi, Director of the Consumer Protection Department, was repair work carried out on the installation system of the front lights.

The headlights are secured by a twist lock, he said, and if it is not secure it could fall, especially when a driver is rapidly accelerating or braking heavily while negotiating a corner.

Anshuman Kishore, marketing manager of the Porsche Centre Dubai at Al Nabooda Automobiles, said that while this defect might not exist in each Cayenne, the dealership is ready to fix any defect.

"We are ready to recall [and invite] customers who bought this model to visit Al Nabooda Automobiles service centres to chrck the cars and fix the problem if noticed."

Regarding the Nissan and Infinity models, Al Nuaimi said that the ministry contacted the dealers after Nissan recalled 250,000 vehicles worldwide because of a defective pressure sensor that may cause a fuel leak.

In coordination with the ministry Nissan and Infiniti dealerships are launching a campaign to inspect and repair the potential defect in these models.

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