Renault recalls over 60,000 Koleos SUVs in China for faulty fuel sensors image

Renault has recalled over 60,000 of its Koleos SUVs sold in China over a defective fuel sensor.

According to China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine the recall affects 61,508 Koleos SUV models made from December 16, 2008, to July 10, 2012, and imported into China. The French automaker will replace the fuel sensors of the vehicles that display wrong fuel-level readings and could pose a safety risk.

Only last month the company has recalled 5,097 units of the Koleos vehicles in China because of a welding flaw. In December 2011, Renault called back some 1,400 vehicles over a steering problem. The Koleos 4X4 represents the bulk of Renault sales in China.

Renault is aiming to replicate the success of other foreign carmakers in China, the world’s largest automobile market. Passenger-vehicle sales in the country rose 49 percent to a monthly record in January, as demand for Koleos SUVs almost doubled, according to the state-backed China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

Renault faces tough competition from rivals including General Motors and Volkswagen. For GM, the largest foreign carmaker in China, sales in the country increased 26 percent last month from a year earlier, the company’s best month ever.