IN its determination to compel manufacturers to inform the public of any hazard inherent in their products, the Consumer Protection Council, CPC, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to Westar Associates Limited, main dealer of Jeep Wrangler and Chrysler motors in Nigeria, to provide information on its vehicles in relation to defects associated with clutch pedal positions and the driver’s frontal airbags.
The council in a letter to the dealer, signed by its Director, Surveillance and Enforcement, Mrs. R.O. Ogundipe, and made available to journalists yesterday in Abuja, it noted that “the attention of the Council has been drawn to the fact that European Union, EU, authorities on the 19th of February, 2016 recalled Chrysler 300 and Jeep Wrangler 2006 TJ, model from the European market for safety reasons.
“According to the European Commission Rapid Alert System for No-Food Products, RAPEX, the Jeep Wrangler 2006 TJ model and Chrysler 300 vehicles produced between 2005-2010 were recalled due to factory defects associated with clutch pedal positions and the driver’s frontal bag respectively, which posed serious risks to consumers.”
The CPC further noted that “Nigeria is a very big market and there is high possibility that many customers may currently be in possession of these affected models.”
The agency, therefore, requested Westar Associates Limited to within seven days of the receipt of its letter make available to it the number of affected vehicles in Nigeria (if any), steps taken to inform and sensitise consumers and efforts being made to facilitate quick recall of such vehicles in the country.
CPC said its directive was pursuant to the powers of the Council to compel manufacturers to give public notice of any hazard inherent in their products.

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