The latest news on Russian automaker’s recall
Australia’s federal government has announced it has imposed a recall of a number of cars, including the Russian-made Ferrari FXX.
The government has said the vehicles were being used in Russia as part of a test programme, but it is unclear whether the cars were actually being tested for potential safety issues.
It is not known whether any of the cars in question have been sold in Australia, and it is not clear when they were tested.
“There are concerns in the Australian automotive industry that the Russian government is testing new Russian vehicles for potential issues in the US market,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday.
“I have called on the Russian Government to provide the information it needs to identify and rectify any concerns and concerns it may have regarding the use of this vehicle.”
He added that the cars would be recalled from Australian markets and the US “if the Russian authorities fail to provide all the necessary information.”
Russian-built car manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has confirmed it is recalling all vehicles produced from 2006 to 2019.
The company said on Wednesday that it had not received any complaints from customers about the recalled cars.
However, Fiat Chrysler has said that it does not believe that any of its vehicles are in fact being used for testing purposes.
“We have had no problems with this product,” Fiat Chrysler spokesperson Andrei Pashin told Reuters news agency.
“But we must be cautious about the information provided by Russian authorities and if we receive any information which suggests that this vehicle is being used to test for possible safety issues.”
In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said it will not inspect the vehicles.
In an emailed statement to Reuters, the agency said it has received no such information and has not opened an investigation.
The cars, some of which are manufactured in the United Kingdom and are imported into the US, are not in any way affected by the recall.
“As with all our vehicles, we take safety very seriously and we take these matters very seriously,” a spokesman said.
“If you have any concerns about your vehicle, please contact us.”
The National Motorists Association of Australia (NMA) said it was concerned about the issue.
“Facing down the spectre of a Russian-produced car being used as a tool for testing for potential airbag and collision risk, this will send a very bad signal to the American automotive industry,” it said.
In Russia, a government spokesman said on Thursday that the government was “investigating the matter”.
“This is a serious situation and the NMA is asking the relevant authorities to take measures to protect the public and ensure that the safety of the public is protected,” Dmitry Peskov told the Interfax news agency on Thursday.
The statement by the Russian foreign ministry came days after Russian President Vladimir Putin met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country has been the focus of the scandal.
Russian media has reported that the two leaders discussed how to avoid the same mistakes in the future.
“This situation is the result of the failure of the Russian leadership,” the Russian media said.
The US embassy in Moscow said the Kremlin was “deeply concerned” about the situation and that it was “very concerned about a number” of Russian-based firms in the UK.
“Our message to them is that there is no place for this type of behaviour in our bilateral relationship,” the embassy said.