• BMW’s China partner recalls 140,000 cars over steering ills

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    SHANGHAI: A Chinese joint venture of BMW will recall more than 140,000 cars in the world’s largest auto market over power steering defects, China’s quality watchdog said last week.

    BMW Brilliance Automotive will next month start recalling 143,215 5 Series cars made in the three years from August 2009, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China said in a statement.

    BMW Brilliance, a 50-50 joint venture with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings, will replace defective plugs on the vehicles that could cause safety hazards, the quality inspector said. The planned recall comes after BMW in late July failed to get Chinese government approval for a $1.5-billion plant expansion scheme in the northern city of Shenyang.

    In a statement posted on July 26, China’s environmental protection ministry said it had rejected a BMW Brilliance proposal to expand a production facility as it failed to pass environmental tests.

    AFP

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