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Land Rover recalls 36,000 SUVs after China media reports


Jaguar Land Rover is recalling more than 36,000 cars from China, after it was criticized by state television over allegedly faulty gearboxes.

The company, which is owned by India’s Tata Motors Ltd, also apologized to Chinese consumers in an online statement, posted on Thursday, which followed it being targeted in a China Central Television (CCTV) program at the weekend.

The program alleged owners of the Range Rover Evoque sports utility vehicles (SUVs) had experienced problems with gearboxes.

“We will carry out a recall initiative and give consumers a deep apology,” the company said on its Sina Weibo account, adding that the recall applied to 36,451 vehicles.

Jaguar Land Rover also said it would extend the warranty period for the gearboxes to seven years or 240,000km.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV commonly takes aim at foreign companies on World Consumer Rights Day on March 15, criticizing the likes of Apple Inc and McDonald’s Corp in the past.

China’s media are tightly controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, and rarely report on sensitive political issues. Foreign enterprises, however, are considered fair game.

The CCTV program, which was broadcast live, also singled out some domestic companies, including telecommunications service providers, for failing to prevent calls that could result in fraud.

Foreign automakers are already under pressure in China, the world’s largest car market, following a sweeping investigation into alleged monopoly pricing for parts and complete vehicles.

Last year China fined 10 Japanese auto parts firms more than US$200 million in total for price-fixing.

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