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Major vehicle recall in SL over faulty airbags

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Three leading local car dealers have decided to recall a large number of vehicles over faulty airbags and for upgrades.

The Commissioner General of the Department of Motor Traffic Nishantha Anurudhdha Weerasinghe told News 1st that discussions are underway with all other dealers to rectify the faulty airbag issue.

Millions of vehicles ranging from a variety of makes and models across the world are being recalled due to faulty airbags made by a Japanese auto parts maker.

The Commissioner General of the Department of Motor Traffic Nishantha Anurudhdha Weerasinghe told News 1st that vehicles that fall under the recall category are currently in use in Sri Lanka.

He said that a special meeting will take place on Tuesday (14) with local car dealers to address the issue.

It has now been confirmed that vehicles with defective airbags that can increase the risk of injury, fail to protect occupants, or cause a driver to crash have been sold across the world, and these include Sedans and SUBs.

Although vehicles belonging to the relevant make and models have been recalled overseas to rectify the issue, in Sri Lanka, those vehicles continue to operate in the streets.

The Commissioner General of the Department of Motor Traffic Nishantha Anurudhdha Weerasinghe said that local vehicle importers have decided to recall 47 vehicle models with faulty airbags to rectify the issue.

These include the following:

  • Honda: 33 Models from 9 vehicle types
  • Mitsubishi: 8 Models from 3 vehicle types
  • Toyota: 6 Models

However, across the world, over 100 vehicle models have been recalled to rectify the airbag issue, and they include the following:

  • Mazda: 7 vehicle categories
  • Benz: 10 vehicle categories
  • Mitsubishi: 6 vehicle categories
  • Subaru: 5 vehicle categories
  • Toyota: 13 vehicle categories
  • Volkswagen: 7 vehicle categories
  • Audi: 19 vehicle categories
  • Lexus: 7 vehicle categories
  • Honda: 16 vehicle categories

In addition, vehicles belonging to 7 Honda categories have been classified as high risk.

(newsfirst.lk)

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Australia’s United Petroleum enters SL market

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Australia’s United Petroleum has entered into an agreement with the Sri Lankan government to supply petroleum products to the Sri Lankan market.

According to United Petroleum Lanka, Australia’s United Petroleum entered into the relevant agreement with Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Power and Energy on Feb 22.

Following the signing of the agreement, United Petroleum is assigned 150 existing fuel stations and also has the right to build 50 new fuel stations in Sri Lanka.

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4 SriLankan Airlines flights experience delays

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This morning, four SriLankan Airlines flights experienced delays as ground staff refrained from performing some of their duties, according to reports.

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SDB CEO announces resignation

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Sanasa Development Bank CEO Priyantha Talwatte has announced his resignation with effect from Feb. 20.

In a filing to the Colombo Stock Exchange, the SDB has said the Board accepted his resignation.

Talwatte joined SDB bank in November 2022 after resigning from Nations Trust Bank in April 2022 having served the institution for two decades.

Commanding over 30 years’ experience in banking Talwatte is an alumnus of Harvard Business School (AMP) Boston, USA.

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