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Greg Jarosch ASKED THE GUIDE

How does Australia combat prohibited materials in car imports?

I’ve seen ads for the Haval H2 and was reminded of the asbestos issue with brake pads and other components in previous car imports from China. What actions do the regulatory authorities take to ensure car imports into Australia don’t contain prohibited materials, such as asbestos, or don’t land in Australia if they don’t meet the highest safety standards?

There are strict regulations on asbestos as well as safety compliance, and there are significant penalties. When Great Wall and Chery importer Ateco Automotive discovered a problem with its vehicles it reported the issue to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which ordered a safety recall of almost 24,000 vehicles.

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