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Thousands of China-made cars recalled in Australia

An Australian importer recalled 23,000 Chinese-made cars after asbestos was found inside engine and exhaust gaskets, the nation's consumer watchdog said on Wednesday.

autos Updated: Aug 16, 2012 20:29 IST

An Australian importer recalled 23,000 Chinese-made cars after asbestos was found inside engine and exhaust gaskets, the nation's consumer watchdog said on Wednesday.

Ateco Automotive, which imports the cars made by Great Wall Motor Co and Chery Automobile, ordered dealers to stop selling the affected vehicles and recalled gaskets that were distributed as spare parts, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said in a statement.

"The asbestos is bound into gaskets in the engine and exhaust system and does not present any risk to consumers," the watchdog agency said.

"However, consumers should not perform do-it-yourself maintenance that might disturb these gaskets."