By Brendan Moore
In a surprising move, China’s quality inspection agency has banned all Renault imports into China, citing unexplained “serious safety risks” and failure to meet technical standards. The models banned have all passed Europe’s stringent emission standards as well as getting the
highest score possible in the crash tests conducted by the independent European crash test agency EuroNCAP.
Renault executives said they were “surprised” by the decision from the General Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) in China. One can imagine that is a considerable understatement.
The Renault models, all built in Western production plants, are:
The statement from AQSIQ said, “In recent import inspections, we have repeatedly found batches of passenger vehicles made by the French Renault … do not conform with our country’s mandatory standards and relevant technical regulations, and there are serious safety risks.”
No, really. It actually happened yesterday.