A total of 922 X240 SUVs produced in China in 2010 and sold locally are affected by the recall.
The official recall notice published on the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) website explains:
“On some X240 vehicles it is possible that the lower section of the steering column may come into contact with the front-right hydraulic brake pipe due to the small clearance between the two.“The column may rub against the pipe during operation resulting in a leak in the hydraulic brake pipe.”
Daniel Cotterill from Great Wall Motors’ Australian distributor, Ateco Automotive, confirmed one X240 vehicle sold in Australia has been found to have an incorrectly installed brake pipe, but insisted no accidents have occurred as a result.
Mr Cotterill confirmed it would take just 10 minutes for Great Wall mechanics to carry out the necessary inspection and 40 minutes for the rectification work.
“Indications are that few, if any, vehicles will require any rectification,” he said.
Owners of recalled vehicles will be contacted by mail. They are encouraged to contact their authorised Great Wall dealer for inspection and, if necessary, replacement of the affected brake pipe.
The Great Wall X240 is one of the most inexpensive compact SUVs available in Australia, with prices starting at $23,990.
The X240 received a facelift at the beginning of last month, which included styling revisions to the front end, automatic headlights, reversing camera, Bluetooth phone connectivity and steering wheel controls. None of these 2011 model year vehicles are affected by the recall.