By Elsa Baxter
Ministers give dealers across the UAE 15 days to recall any defective vehicles.
All car dealers in the UAE have been given 24 hours to notify the Ministry of Economy of any defective vehicles and 15 days in which to recall them, officials said.
Ministers and dealers met in Abu Dhabi to discuss the action amid heightened car safety concerns following several recalls by major manufacturers.
Dr Hashim Al Nuaimi, director of the Consumer Protection Department, said ministers expected to receive full inventories on the number and types of defective cars, as well as the plan each dealer has to deal with repairs, the Arabic daily Emarat Al Youm reported.
He said the ministry was currently working with Al Futtaim Motors, distributor for Toyota in the UAE, about the repairs and maintenance of some 3,200 cars.
The Japanese carmaker shocked the industry when its unprecedented recall of some 8 million cars over faults with accelerator pedals.
A number of 2005-2010 year Avalons and 2009-2010 year Sequoias, which had been shipped from the US for sale in the region, and could be affected by the recall.
Nissan followed this news with the announced of its own recall involving some 540,000 vehicles.
The carmaker confirmed that 32,147 vehicles in the Middle East were potentially affected by a fuel gauge inaccuracy and another 15,670 affected by faulty brake pedal pins.
These models were named as the 2008 and 2010 Nissan Titan, Armada and Infiniti QX56, and the 2008-2009 Nissan Quest.
Meanwhile, Suzuki and Daihatsu recalled thousands of cars in Japan, and General Motors recalled 1.3 million compact cars in North America. These announcements are not thought to affect the Middle East.
It will be very interesting to see how these car dealers deal with the level of recalls quoted. In my experience, if there is nothing in it for the dealer they don't want to know. Recalls cause nothing for the dealer but added work load without real compensation. Given that there is a massive lack of customer service in Dubai...it'll be interersting to see how this all pans out...safety issues or not
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No offense but I can't believe anyone is crazy enough to buy a new car right now in this economy. Considering that a healthy chunk of 2010 Cash 4 Clunkers cars have already been repossessed (i.e. http://repofinder.com) why not just go to local banks and credit unions and buy these repo cars back for half the retail price? If you're going to buy junk at least don't over pay.
Toyota and others knew they were having issues and attempted to hide it. All Car Companies should have came forward with a full disclosures of what car were dangerous. Instead of waiting for a huge media blitz and tons of public pressure. I never seen so many car companies GM - NISSAN - TOYOTA - HYUNDAI having recalls all at the same time. I had no idea my car was affected until I looked on http://www.carpedalrecall.com and found I had a bad Anti Lock control unit on my 2008 Pontiac G8 , my co workers Ford Truck had a recall also. So be careful