• Apr 11, 2011
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China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) has suspended the importation of the Jeep Wrangler due to a series of car fires. Car News China reports that the Agency's investigation showed the fires resulted from issues with the automatic transmission and systems tied to the transmission.

The AQSIQ reportedly asked Chrysler to find the cause of the issue and solve it, adding, "Manufacturer and importers should take precautionary measures for the vehicles involved to ensure consumers' safety." The imported Wranglers likely come from our shores, but a quick check of NHTSA's recall database shows there are no active recalls for Wrangler fires in the U.S. See any irony here?

In an unrelated (though somehow still related...) issue, Chrysler has also recalled 464 Wranglers in China for improperly torqued bolts that lead to loud noises and even potential steering problems. The vehicles in question were built between July 7, 2010 and September 10, 2010. The Chrysler China Sales Company will check affected vehicles for free and fix bolts where necessary. That very same recall is happening here in the U.S. as well.

[Source: China Car News]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey China, we'll investigate our Wranglers, only if you promise to take back your asbestos-coated kids toys, tainted drywall, and horribly unreliable knock-off car parts.

      Do we have a deal?
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a known problem with the wrangler in the jeep community here in the USA. in some cases when the automatic transmission over heats it will puke transmission fluid out the dip stick tube spraying on the hot exhaust manifold. Presto! engine fire.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Something fishy here.... there are LOTS of new cars made in China every day that are nowhere near as safe as a Jeep.
        • 3 Years Ago
        thefourthheat has got it I think. It's part of the payback for the trade flap over Chinese made tires. There may be a problem with the Wranglers but I bet they have a lot less safety problems than the avg Chinese car that doesn't even get recalled.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Those silly communists!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nah, if you really want to get super conspiratorial then the only sane thing is that it's payback for the U.S. putting massive tariffs on tires imported from China. They're thinking about slapping harsher tariffs on imported American vehicles because they're saying that we're dumping using illegal subsidies (mostly because GM and Chrysler were bailed out). http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f12/china-launch-anti-dumping-anti-subsidy-probe-into-us-autos-85971/

        In reality though it's probably just because a few Wranglers caught fire. I doubt they sell that many in China so it's fairly easy for a bad batch shipped over to represent a lot of the Wranglers sold in China. If you wanna get conspiratorial again, a lot of companies have been caught dumping defective products on the Chinese market on purpose. I doubt that that's the case here but who knows.

        The recalls are probably legitimate-the Chinese usually go tit for tat so unless the U.S. starts randomly forcing recalls on non-defective Chinese goods it's unlikely that the Chinese would do something like that. They basically respond to whatever we do with the same thing, so if we tax their stuff at a higher percentage they tax our stuff at a higher percentage. If we claim that they're dumping goods they claim we're dumping goods. That's how politics works everywhere though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmm I wonder if this has something to do with the Dodge Durango fire a few posts back.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Chinese. What a joke.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They got just enough Wranglers in the country to disassemble them & give out the parts to various Chinese factories for reverse engineering. As soon as China has its knock-off Wrangler ready, they'll allow the Jeeps back in with a 400% tariff.
      • 3 Years Ago
      W-w-w-wait, China is concerned about the safety of the Jeep Wrangler? Okay, that's how you KNOW that something has DEFINITELY gone wrong.
      • 3 Years Ago
      >caring about the safety of American-made vehicles when they allowed cars like the Brilliance to exist
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pot...meet kettle.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ)"

      I thought we were done with the April Fools jokes!
        • 3 Years Ago
        You forgot about Bizarro World.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone forgot to pay their bribes and/or turn over the required technology and processes to the Chinese authorities so the knockoff makers can take over.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's one for the irony file.
        • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        Only if the part causing the fire is made in China. haha
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