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Ford halts Transit van production in China over pedal

01/28/2010, 11:50 AMBY MARK KLEIS

Following the government mandated sales freeze and subsequent production halt in the U.S. by Toyota for eight of its popular models, Ford has announced that it shares a common supplier for the diesel Transit Classic commercial van in China. Ford announced that it has not received a single report of unintended acceleration, but it will suspend Chinese production of the model until the pedal can be reviewed.

Ford produces commercial vehicles with its partner, Jiangling Motors, for Chinese consumption. Today, Ford announced that it will temporarily halt production of its full-size Transit Classic commercial van after determining that it shares the same parts manufacturer that produced the faulty gas pedals for the Toyota applications.

“Jiangling Motors Company (JMC) has suspended production of one of the Transit models, a light bus vehicle JMC manufactures in Nanchang for distribution only in China,” said a JMC representative.

“While there has been no report of any issue with the Transit, JMC has initiated a review of a pedal assembly part recently sourced from CTS Automotive,” said JMC.

The pedal was only used in the diesel variant of the Transit Classic, of which about 1,600 were produced or Chinese consumption. Ford’s joint venture with Jiangling Motors resulted in the sale of 114,688 commercial vehicles in China last year.

At this time Ford has not placed a recall, it clarified that it is taking a preemptive precaution due to the commonality of the pedal supplier.



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This particular case could help to reveal where the problem really exists when it comes to this particular part.

Ford stops production of some vehicles in China with part tied to Toyota recall

By Dan Strumpf, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, cp.org, Updated: January 28, 2010 10:45 AM

NEW YORK - Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) has halted production of some full-sized commercial vehicles in China because they contain gas pedals built by the same company behind the accelerators in Toyota Motor Corp.'s recent recall.

Ford spokesman Said Deep said Thursday the diesel version of its Transit Classic built by a Chinese joint venture contains accelerators built by CTS Corp. (NYSE:CTS), based in Elkhart, Ind. The vehicles began production in December and only about 1,600 have been produced, he said.

In a statement, Ford partner Jiangling Motors Co. said there have been no reported problems with the Transit Classic, but it is conducting a review of pedal assembly part to determine the next step. The diesel Transit Classic is the Ford's only vehicle that contains gas pedal parts made by CTS, Deep said.

Accelerators made by CTS, which has a manufacturing facility in Mississauga, Ont., are at the centre of a massive recall and production halt by Toyota over fears that the gas pedals may get stuck and cause unintended acceleration. CTS makes gas pedal systems for various automakers, though Toyota and Ford are the only ones to announce production stoppages.

"That's part of our routine process - when a company has a recall, you conduct a review and determine if you share any of the same vendors, design, parts," Deep said.

Jiangling has been making a version of the Ford Transit commercial van since the late 1990s and markets its own-brand sport utility vehicle, the Landwind, in China and Europe. The Transit is built in Nanchang in southeastern China.

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