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When crashed, Chery’s SRS (in-car air bag) not even worked for once

On the night of January 17th, 2009, my younger brother, Jinguang Du, was driving a Chery Tiggo (License Number: 蒙GC2388) in the northern China. There were four people on the car, and I sat on the front beside my brother.

At about 20:40, we didn’t realize that a turn was in front of us until too late. Though my brother tried his best to avoid an accident, the wheel still skidded, and the car slipped from the road and crashed with trees along side the road. Three trees were cracked down in this accident. This crash was due to thin cream covering on the road, limited sight during night and no signal at all about the turn。

The car speed was around 110km/h when crash happened and three large trees were broken down from almost bottom. However, both air bags for driver and co-driver did not pop out for once.

While my younger brother died on the spot, my head was hurt and other two were injured as well. When I found Chery to negotiate the compensation issue, rather than carrying the responsibility they should take, Chery denied the car’s quality problem by stating the crashing level was not enough for air bag to pop out. Instead, they were only willing to pay a little amount of money under ‘humanitarian consideration’.


Chery knows its cars have serious quality problem, but trying to hide these problems to consumers. Thus, they tried everything to prevent me to recover the truth to the public.

1. They told my younger brother’s wife that they would give all the ‘humanitarian’ compensation to her if she dismiss the case from court. Moreover, they tried to separate my family by threatening her that my family would not give her a penny from the compensation.

2. They even threatened my mother to dismiss the case from court. They said Chery would finally win because of their strong financial and technique power. They tried to force my mother to accept their so-called ‘humanitarian assistance’ and not to mention the words like product quality and compensation again.

3. On April 13, 2009, under the name of negotiation, Chery brought contract to my lawyer’s office to invite him to be Chery’s legal advisor. My lawyer rejected them firmly.

4. Chery found my relatives to persuade me to drop the case. Chery even found my mother’s colleagues from her work place before retirement to persuade my family to drop the case.

Chery’s movement in the past several months clearly showed that they did not want public to know their cars’ quality problem. Hereby, I inform the public to notice Chery’s car problem and do not make the same mistake as I did, which is driving a Chery car.

Jinlong Du 
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Re: When crashed, Chery’s SRS (in-car air bag) not even worked for once

well...if they hide that failures on that cars...they will gonna convert into a new MITSUBISHI...did you remember what happened with the Mitsubishi-Fuso trucks and buses...here in chile happened an accident related with a L-200 pick-up...that guy missed his fingers...
 

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Considering how fast you were going (110 km/h) and how you crashed onto 3 trees, that's pretty good engineering (or luck) for you to be alive.
 

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You got to be kiddin' - every used car dealer that i met until now knows that especially the qq and also other low level cars of chery have the same probems with airbags etc.
Chery knows and should start doing something against it !!!:mad:
 

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Thank you Mr. Du for your feedback about the Chery product and I'd like to join others in offering condolences to your family upon the loss of your loved one.
If the curve in the road was to the right, and the car left the road with a lateral (sideway) thrust and subsequent collision of the cars left side with the three trees, the very front of the car may have been spared an impact. In that case I think that by design the front crash sensors would not have deployed.
However if equipped with side air bags, like most new cars, these would have deployed and possibly saved the driver.
This being said, the behavior of Chery in its response, is unconscionable. Hopefully other Chinese car companies will learn from Chery's failure to satisfy you the customer.
 

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Chery is doing a lot of lousy things this year (well in the past as well), Chery only survives up until today because it is state owned, I used to like Chery and believe they are the future of Chinese auto industry but I am losing all faith and hopes in Chery.

RIP to your brother.
 

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You know I received free car insurance with my Chery and I thought I got lucky. If this is going to happen to me, then I guess my there's no point in getting a freebie from car insurance companies!
 

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dragin said:
Thank you Mr. Du for your feedback about the Chery product and I'd like to join others in offering condolences to your family upon the loss of your loved one.
If the curve in the road was to the right, and the car left the road with a lateral (sideway) thrust and subsequent collision of the cars left side with the three trees, the very front of the car may have been spared an impact. In that case I think that by design the front crash sensors would not have deployed.
However if equipped with side air bags, like most new cars, these would have deployed and possibly saved the driver.
This being said, the behavior of Chery in its response, is unconscionable. Hopefully other Chinese car companies will learn from Chery's failure to satisfy you the customer.
I would like to add my condolences on the loss of your brother Mr Du. RIP.

I had a Chery Dong Feng Zhi Zi (excuse me is my pinyin is wrong) which I drove for 100,000 kms and 5 years. I loved it. Great car, very roomy (more so than any Regal or Passat) and utterly reliable, never a major issue.

However I was involved in an accident on the A20 in Shanghai that saw me go under the rear of a BMW X5. The rear of the X5 came almost up to the windscreen but very luckily I escaped without a scratch - this was on the first day back from Thailand after surviving the Tsunami.

The airbag did not go off and the Chery garage later told me there is a bar at the front of the car that must be depressed by X amount of psi before the airbag inflates. So it seems it is more likely to be a design fault on some Cherys rather than a fault with the airbag itself.
 
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