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Mercedes-Benz about to recall cars in China due to defective seat belts

20. March 2018

The recall affects both cars produced in China as well as imported models. The action follows a call from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. The faulty seat belts could not function properly during an accident and pose a security risk, the Chinese authorities said.

Some of the vehicles were produced by the subsidiary Beijing Benz Automotive and include 18,893 C- and GLC-class models, which rolled of the line between October 2016 and February 2017. For its part, Mercedes-Benz China is recalling 1,886 imported S-, C- and GLC-class vehicles, which were produced between July and December 2016, back to the vehicle repair shops.

The recall will start on March 9, 2018. From this date, the faulty parts will be replaced by the car manufacturers free of charge.


Seat belt


In the recent years the Chinese authorities have been placing more emphasis on the safety of cars and their components. Seat belts are now just as important in China as they are in Europe or the US. The test and quality requirements are based on the GB standard. The tear resistance of the straps and resistance to moisture, temperature, UV light and abrasion are tested. The buckles undergo numerous tests, and there are also restrictions on the materials used. All safety belts produced in China or imported to China must comply with the CCC (China Compulsory Certification) regulations.

For more information on how CCC certification may affect your company, or for more information about CCC certification in general, the process, and the associated costs, please visit our website and our News Section where you will find current updates twice a week.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details and consultation. You can contact us via e-mail, or call us (UK: +44 2071931135, Rest of Europe: +49 69 2713769150, US: +1 773 654-2673).

You can also check out our free CCC-Brochure, which can be downloaded right here as a PDF file or you consult our book (in English) “A Brief Guide to CCC: China Compulsory Certification”, which can be found directly hier on Amazon.

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About the author: Julian Busch is founder and Managing Director of MPR China Certification GmbH
Publisher: MPR China Certification GmbH

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