Mumbai: Stung by a
storm of criticism over lax product safety rules, the Chinese authorities have
struck back at the US finding faults with products sent to China from some of
America''s largest companies.
include turbines from General Electric Co, ultrasound machines from a US unit
of Philips electronics NV of the Netherlands, and farm machinery from Deere and
co, Li Changjiang, China''s top quality-control official said in an interview with
the Wall Street Journal.
who heads China''s national inspection service presented a list of defects and
dangers that have turned up in products shipped by US companies, reports said.
some cases, the companies involved had previously acknowledged and responded to
complaints from China about the items, the paper added.
this year, Li said, Chinese quality-control inspectors discovered a broken crankshaft
on an imported cotton-picking machine made by Deere. An inspection later attributed
the problem, in model No. 9970, to a design defect. Deere ultimately agreed to
replace the parts on the $17.9-million shipment of 100 massive, green-and-yellow
list also cited shipments of more than 430 Hummer trucks, models H2 and H3, manufactured
by General Motors Corp. of Detroit - and imported into China by unknown third-party
suppliers - that Li''s office says didn''t meet Chinese safety requirements.
GM spokesman in Shanghai, however, said it doesn''t import or sell Hummer trucks
officials, however said they were unaware of the examples cited by the Chinese
government, but defended the safety of US products. They also defended US safety
record, the report said.