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Accidents waiting to happen

By Chang Meng (Global Times)

09:26, December 04, 2012

The Wuhan-based carmaker Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile (DPCA) said Sunday it would offer free inspection and repairs to the city's fleet of 13,000 C-Elysee model taxis which drivers say are unsafe to drive because they are equipped with an inferior braking system.

The move followed a CCTV investigative report on Sunday showing that the fleet of C-Elysee taxis, which make up 82 percent of Wuhan's cabs, are not equipped with either an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) or power brakes, which are standard equipment on the retail model of the vehicle.

A customer service staffer at DPCA told CCTV that the taxi fleet was made according to specification provided by the city government.

A staffer surnamed Wu at DPCA's Hongtai service center in Wuhan told the Global Times that starting Monday, C-Elysee cab drivers could make an appointment at the company's service centers for a free inspection on the braking system.

The staffer said free repairs will be offered if the "problem is determined to be a manufacturer's defect."

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