Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Proton recalls cars after tests

Proton's Gen 2 cars made between 2004 and 2008 may have possible malfunctions and are being recalled (AP)
Possible faults in the Satria Neo, which is also being recalled, include the sudden deployment of the driver's side air bag (AP)

Malaysia's national carmaker Proton is recalling almost 16,000 cars for possible malfunctions that include sudden deployment of the driver's side air bag.

Proton has said in a statement it is recalling Gen2 and Satria Neo cars made between 2004 and 2008. It urged owners of the models to bring them in for an inspection.

Routine tests have found irregularities with a clock spring which connects switches and air bags to radio, horn and cruise control, the statement said.

These include friction noise within the steering wheel, activation of the horn or car lights without warning, audio control switch malfunction and deployments of the driver's side air bag.

"Although the number is small, the safety of our customers is paramount and we apologise for any inconvenience caused," said Proton Holdings managing director Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamad Tahir.

"We hope our customers understand that this recall is necessary to ensure their continued confidence in the safety and performance of their vehicles."

Proton returned to the black in the financial year ended March, but is under pressure to bolster exports for its long-term survival.

In August, the carmaker reported a 55% jump in quarterly profit, posting a net profit of 84.7 million ringgit (£17 million) for the quarter through June.

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