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HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam’s electrical automobile (EV) maker VinFast is recalling 2,781 of its sports activities utility mannequin VF8 bought within the home market to verify and substitute the bolt connecting the entrance brake caliper to the knuckle, the corporate mentioned on Saturday.
VinFast, which started operations in 2019, is gearing as much as increase in the USA the place it hopes to compete with legacy automakers. It began to ship its first 999 VF8s in November final yr and is planning to ship them this month.
“Because of a particular part meeting merchandise, the bolt connecting the entrance caliper to the knuckle might loosen when the automobile is in operation, doubtlessly decreasing the effectiveness of the entrance brake,” VinFast mentioned in an announcement.
The corporate mentioned it will instantly right the tightening torque for these 999 VF8s shipped to the USA.
“That is comparatively a easy process that may be finished shortly and won’t have an effect on the supply timeline, which is anticipated to start out by the top of Feb. 2023,” it mentioned.
The corporate delivered over 4,000 EVs to prospects domestically in December, greater than half of which had been the sports activities utility VF8 mannequin. It secured 55,000 orders globally as of December final yr, of which 12,000 are from the U.S. market.
VinFast mentioned it has not recorded any breakdowns or complaints from prospects in regards to the loosen bolt that will trigger bother to the brake.
(Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Modifying by Michael Perry)