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Old vehicles prove difficult to remove

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:04 am




Old vehicles prove difficult to remove


QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:34 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Registration Department said about 70,000 automobiles have passed their expiry date since the beginning of this year and were no longer considered road worthy – but that the majority are still in use.


Furthermore, the department said 40,000 trucks and nearly 30,000 buses have considered no longer roadworthy but that just 10,400 have been impounded.


Than Van Thanh, chief of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said the law prohibits aged vehicles from being on the road for safety reasons.


He added that vehicle owners are also largely ignorant of the law, while others openly flout road regulations because punishments are not strict enough.


The department, which has 88 vehicle registration centres nationwide, said owners often use fake registration documents to bypass the law and fool officials.


Most elderly and illegal vehicles are discovered in major cities such as Hanoi , HCM City and Dong Nai.


The Traffic Department said officials often confiscate registration documents shortly before a vehicle needs to be scrapped, and inform owners and relevant agencies about the approaching deadline.


The Vietnam Registration Department said the number of unfit vehicles on the country’s roads has decreased since Decree No 92 was promulgated.


However, the department said it is not easy to clearly state when foreign-made vehicle should be taken off the roads because of the availability of new parts.


Vehicles that have no documents are automatically considered unroad-worthy.


The department has published the registration numbers of those vehicles that should not be on the road.


Nguyen Huu Tri, the Registration Department head, said a public awareness campaign on the regulation has been run by local media.


Nguyen Duc Nghi, director of the municipal police, said police will step-up checks on trucks and buses. Those found un-roadworthy face fines of 4-6 million VND (190-285 USD) for each violation.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Nissan recalls more than half a million vehicles in Americas

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 5:24 am

New safety risks hit Toyota, Mazda vehicles

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm

TOKYO (AFP) – Further trouble for Japan’s auto industry emerged Thursday as embattled giant Toyota suspended worldwide sales of its Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicle and Mazda announced a recall of 90,000 cars.


Toyota, the world’s biggest automaker, said it would suspend worldwide sales of its Lexus GX 460 due to a rollover risk at high-speed, and would protectively conduct safety tests on all its SUVs.

(AFP file) Further trouble for Japan’s auto industry emerged as embattled giant Toyota suspended worldwide sales of its Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicle and Mazda announced a recall of 90,000 cars.

Mazda Motor, which is part owned by US giant Ford, also said Thursday it would recall nearly 90,000 passenger cars domestically and in China due to an oil hose defect.


For Toyota, the latest move followed its suspension of GX 460 sales in the United States and Canada Wednesday after US magazine Consumer Reports gave the SUV a rare “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk” rating.


“The company has decided to suspend the SUV’s sales worldwide, which means also in Russia and Middle East after North America,” said Toyota spokeswoman Mieko Iwasaki, in reference to the other markets where the vehicle is sold.


In the latest blow to the auto giant’s reputation, the report claimed that when pushed to its limits, the rear of the GX “slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways before the electronic stability control system was able to regain control”.


Having now suspended GX sales worldwide, Toyota said it will work on identifying potential safety risks in the model which has sold 6,000 units, as well as its other SUVs.


“We are in the middle of analysing what the problem is. Once it becomes clear, the company will decide whether to recall and repair the cars,” Iwasaki said. Concerned GX 460 owners will be offered a loan car in the interim.


The automaker will also “start testing all the other SUV models, including the Land Cruiser, Land Cruiser Prado and RAV 4,” she said, adding that Toyota will continue to sell those models.


Toyota shares closed down 0.80 percent in Tokyo trade following the announcement.


Mazda, which vies with Mitsubishi for the rank of Japan’s number four car maker, said it will start recalling 35,181 units in Japan and around 54,000 in China of the Mazda 3, known as the Axela in Japan, its most popular model.


The company said the cars, produced from January 2006 to March 2009, have been recalled because an oil hose and a radiator shroud panel have been placed too close together and may be damaged by friction when travelling on bumpy terrain, leading to potential leaks.


A company spokesman said Mazda received two complaints, both in China, and stressed that no related accidents had been reported.


The Mazda 3 compact car is widely sold in Japan, China and Europe but the recalled version is not available in the United States, said the company.


No decision had yet been taken if the recall will affect other regions such as the European market, the spokesman said.


The new developments illustrate the challenge for automakers to regain consumer confidence in the wake of Toyota’s recall of more than eight million cars worldwide since late 2009, mostly for brake and accelerator issues.


Toyota, which overtook General Motors in 2008 as the world’s top seller, has been bedevilled by a series of safety issues that have raised questions about whether it sacrificed its legendary quality to become world number one.


The recalls have caused an outcry in the United States, with Toyota executives hauled over the coals in the US Congress and the company’s previously stellar reputation for safety left in tatters.


The automaker has been hit with at least 97 lawsuits seeking damages for injury or death linked to sudden acceleration and 138 class action lawsuits from customers suing to recoup losses in the resale value of Toyota vehicles.


The company faces a record 16.4-million-dollar fine in the United States for its failure to notify authorities quickly about vehicle safety problems.

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Source: SGGP

Toyota to test sports utility vehicles over safety

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 at 4:18 am

The Toyota logo is pictured outside a car dealership in northwest England. AFP photo

TOKYO (AFP) – Japanese automaker Toyota suspended worldwide sales of the Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicle Thursday due to a roll-over risk and said it would test all its SUVs for safety.


“The company has decided to suspend the SUV’s sales worldwide, which means also in Russia and Middle East after North America,” said Toyota spokeswoman Mieko Iwasaki, in reference to the other markets where the vehicle is sold.


The move comes a day after Toyota suspended sales of the GX in the United States and Canada after US magazine Consumer Reports gave the SUV a rare “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk” rating.


In the latest blow to the reputation of the embattled Japanese auto giant, the report claimed that when pushed to its limits, the rear of the GX “slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways before the electronic stability control system was able to regain control”.


Having now suspended the SUV’s sales worldwide, Toyota said it will work on analysing potential safety risks in the model which has sold 6,000 units, as well as its other SUVs.


“The company is examining the possible problem and will decide what remedies should be taken,” Iwasaki said.


Toyota “will start testing all the other SUV models, including the Land Cruiser, Land Cruiser Prado and Rav4,” she said, adding that the company will continue to sell those models.


The automaker has recalled millions of cars worldwide since late 2009, mostly over a series of problems linked to “unintended acceleration.”


Toyota, which overtook General Motors in 2008 as the top-selling automaker, has been bedevilled by a series of safety issues that have raised questions about whether it sacrificed its legendary quality to become world number one.


The recalls have caused an outcry in the United States, with Toyota executives hauled over the coals in the US Congress and the company’s previously stellar reputation for safety left in tatters.


The company faces a record 16.4-million-dollar fine in the United States for its failure to notify authorities quickly about vehicle safety problems.

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Source: SGGP

Indonesia to buy jet fighters, armored vehicles from Russia

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Russia’s Rosoboronexport has signed deals to sell six Su-30 Flanker-C jet fighters and 18 BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles to Indonesia, an official at Russia’s arms export company said on November 12.

Nikolai Dimidyuk, Rosoboronexport’s special programmes director was quoted by Antara news agency as saying that Indonesia could also buy other Russian warplanes as well as Mi-17 and Mi-35 helicopters.

He expressed confidence the Russian Finance Ministry would soon approve a 1 billion USD loan for Indonesia.

“We are sure that this loan will be used to buy arms,” Director Dimidyuk said, adding that Indonesia had asked Russia to modernise its Soviet-era weapons and equipment.-