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China Highway Deaths Surge to Record Levels

Actual numbers could be more than four times what officials claim.

by on Nov.26, 2013

A routine sight on Chinese roads.

When nine people were killed and 76 other injured during a massive pile-up in China’s Anhui Province over the weekend it barely made the headlines.  After all, it was just another in an ever more common tally of fatal accidents in what is now the world’s largest automotive market.

According to new statistics from the World Health Organization, an estimated 275,000 people were killed on China’s roadways last year.  That’s nearly nine times more than died in the U.S. – even after a slight, unexpected surge in American highway deaths during 2012.  That figure is more than four times higher than the official government number, 60,000 traffic fatalities last year.

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Even adjusting for the fact that China has four times the U.S. population, the total is astounding, accounting for 20.5 citizens out of every 100,000.  The American death rate is 11.4 per 100,000. And that doesn’t even account for the fact that China still has barely a third as many cars as the U.S., and its citizens clock far fewer miles than the 12,000 to 15,000 average in the States.

Only a handful of countries, including Argentina, Iraq, El Salvador and Chad, suffer a higher percentage of their populations killed in automobile accident each year.

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Faulty Gearboxes Force Major VW Recall in China

Chinese consumers increasingly wary of quality problems.

by on Mar.20, 2013

VW takes heat as consumer activists begin to speak up in China about quality problems.

Volkswagen AG says it is recalling more than 384,000 vehicles in China to correct a problem with faulty gearboxes that can cause vehicles to lose power.

The announcement follows a recent report by Chinese state television that claimed the German automaker was selling cars with substandard gearbox systems, causing unspecified problems for some drivers. It also comes as VW is locked in a duel with General Motors for leadership in the world’s largest car market.

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The recall could cost Europe’s largest carmaker more than $600 million, according to various industry estimates. While Volkswagen was unable to immediately comment on the costs, research firm LMC Automotive estimates replacements will cost between RMB 3,000, or $483, to RMB 10,000 per vehicle.

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