After four years' construction and an investment of more than 1.7 billion yuan ($240.8 million), the test ground contains five functional areas, namely endurance strengthening, airbag effectiveness, dynamic, comprehensive performance and high-speed loop testing.
Covering 14,000 square meters, the plant will produce and sell airbag cushions and other passive safety products.
Their main products include steering wheel products, airbag products and seat belt products.
The cars manufactured between Oct 7, 2020 and Feb 11, 2021, and between Aug 3, 2020 and March 15, 2021, all imported S-class models, have been recalled due to defective torque near the passenger foot pit that may cause fires and failure of airbag control unit to meet requirements, increasing risks of passenger injuries in the event of an accident, the statement said.
On the same day, BMW (China) Automotive Trading announced the recall of 8,097 imported vehicles, including the 1 series, 2 series, 3 series, X1, X3 and X5, produced between Feb 17, 2005 and Aug 27,2017, due to safety risks in airbag inflators.
- BMW (China) Automotive Trading Ltd is recalling 8,097 vehicles due to safety risks in airbag inflators, China's market regulator said Monday.
Volvo Automobile Sales (Shanghai) Co Ltd is to recall 4,779 cars due to an airbag defect, according to China's quality watchdog.
Driver-side frontal airbag inflators of the affected vehicles may rupture and send fragments into drivers in extreme cases, posing safety hazards, the statement said.
- The Ford Motor Company (China) has started recalling 10,649 imported Lincoln MKX and 4,010 Lincoln Nautilus vehicles for possible airbag system malfunctions, according to China's market regulator.
Due to insufficient clearance between the wiring harness of the front passenger seat and the seat cushion pan, the airbag system may not perform normally in some circumstances, posing safety risks, according to the statement.
About 2.15 million cars were recalled for airbag and safety belt problems, while engine defects led to auto recalls of over 1.98 million vehicles.
The proving ground has five functional areas for durability, airbag effectiveness, highspeed loop, dynamic and performance testing, with 26 special test sections and 15 typical ones in line with Chinese road conditions.
Founded in 1933, Takata went out of business in 2017 because of the airbag crisis.
The knee airbags for the driver may not provide effective protection due to a fault of the airbag supplier, thus increasing the risk of injury to people in the vehicle in the case of accidents.
Earlier this week, the company began to recall 223 imported 718 and 911 models in the country over defects with the nuts that fasten the side airbag sensors.
Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co promises to replace the defective airbag inflators free of charge.
In the first half of this year, airbag and seatbelt problems were the main reasons for the recalls, affecting 1.35 million cars, nearly 28 percent of the total.
The vehicles being recalled are equipped with Takata-produced front airbag inflators, which have a potential risk of rupture when the airbag is deployed, the auto maker said in a statement delivered to the administration.
Airbag and seatbelt problems were the major culprits behind recalls in 2017, affecting 10.64 million cars, 53.1 percent of the annual total.
In 2017, airbag and seat belt problems were the factors behind the recall of 10.64 million vehicles, 53.1 percent of the total.
The model in question may have a faulty airbag system, which may not function when collisions occur as extra parts could prevent the deployment of airbags.
Japanese airbag producer Takata Corp forced scores of automakers to recall tens of millions of cars worldwide equipped with its airbags.
The vehicles to be recalled are equipped with airbag inflators made by Japanese manufacturer Takata that could explode and spray potentially fatal shrapnel inside the car, the administration said.
US automaker General Motors (GM) and its China joint venture Shanghai GM will recall more than 2.5 million vehicles in China due to faulty passenger-seat airbag inflators, China's top quality watchdog has said.
The vehicles to be recalled are equipped with airbag inflators produced by Japanese manufacturer Takata that could explode and spray potentially fatal shrapnel inside the car, said the administration.
Key Safety System's takeover of scandal-stricken airbag maker Takata is viewed across the industry not only as a step toward upgrading production, but also a bid to break into the Japanese-dominated air bag sector.
Wang Jianfeng, chairman of Ningbo Joyson Electronic, whose United States subsidiary last month agreed to buy bankrupt Japanese airbag maker Takata, in April said the country's auto industry can't compete globally without absorbing more foreign engineering knowhow.
The recall begins March 19, 2018, as the model may have a faulty airbag system with a gas generator prone to rupture.
It is also in the US that the bankruptcy by the world's second-largest airbag maker－whose assets will be bought up by US-based Key Safety Systems－creates the most uncertainty.
"We've worked hard to act quickly, proactively and responsibly in addressing the Takata airbag recall for all impacted customers, and we will continue to do so," Toyota USA told AFP.
But the bankruptcy could mean the major automakers will find the airbag producer will not reimburse them for their costs, despite an $875 million fund created by Takata in January.
The model in question may have a faulty airbag system, which may not function when collisions occur due to disproportionate mixture of propellant.