Irony Alert: Four Renault Models Banned From China Over Safety Issues

June 10, 2009

It's only Wednesday, but get ready for a Freaky Friday switcheroo: China has banned four Renault models from import due to 'serious safety risks' and failure to comply with Chinese regulations and standards.

The Laguna, Scenic, Megane and Megane Coupe-Cabriolet are all part of the ban. China's General Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), made the decision, according to Automotive News.

"[W]e have repeatedly found batches of passenger vehicles made by the French Renault ... do not conform with our country's mandatory standards and relevant technical regulations, and there are serious safety risks," AQSIQ said in a statement that was surprisingly devoid of phrases like 'just kidding' and 'gotcha'.

After all, who can forget the horror of the Chinese-built Brilliance BS6, which earned just one star in Germany's ADAC testing in 2007? Or the the Brilliance BS4 that failed so miserably in EuroNCAP testing this March, earning no points at all in safety tests - though it would have marked 3 stars under the same standards applied to the BS6.

Renault's Megane, Megane CC, Laguna and Scenic all achieved 5 stars in EuroNCAP testing - a stark contrast to Brilliance's result, and at the very least indicative of the basic design integrity of the Renault vehicles. It's not yet known if the Chinese-market vehicles are in some way different from their European counterparts.

[Automotive News Europe (sub. req.)]

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