FOLLOWING THE DISCOVERY of one Yutong bus seatbelt issue mid-July, 2019 – which was “corrected immediately” - Yutong Australia commenced a voluntary seat-belt recall for its MY2014-2016 buses, which it is now approaching halfway through to resolving, the company confirms.

Owners can contact their nearest dealer to have the seat belts replaced at no cost, Yutong confirms.

Sold nationally, the 364 affected bus models affected in this particular timeframe of manufacture (1 January, 2014 - 30 November, 2016) are:  ZK6129H, ZK6930H, ZK6938K and ZK6760DDA, as indicated recently by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

As new Yutong general manager Lou Riccardi explains, after the issue was initially found a further internal inspection of records between Yutong Australian and the factory indicated some Yutong models had been fitted with the incorrect ADR passenger seatbelt that was stipulated on its documentation.Yutong-ZK6930Hx.jpg

"Yutong Australia regards safety of its customers and passengers travelling on Yutong vehicles as top priority and it has elected to conduct a voluntary recall via the codes and practices outlined by the ACCC," Riccardi said.

"All current seatbelts fitted to the Yutong vehicles meet all the required ADRs and the recall only affects vehicles imported and delivered pre-October, 2016.

"Yutong has already contacted all its customers affected by this recall and has replaced more than one third of the affected vehicles in less than 60 days.

"Yutong believes [it will have] the balance of the seatbelts finalised by the end of October / November this year," he said.

Yutong-ZK6760DAAx.jpgTHE ISSUE                                        

Specifically, the identifying features are that the seatbelt retractor mechanism could fail to restrain passengers in their seats in a rollover accident, the ACCC states.

If the vehicle is involved in a rollover accident, passengers may not be restrained in their seats, increasing the risk of injury, it explains.

Owners can contact their nearest dealer to have the seatbelts replaced at no cost.

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development is the responsible regulator for this recall.

Any customer that has any concerns should contact Yutong Australia on 1800 988 664, or for further information visit Yutong Buses via http://yutong.com.au/contact-us


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