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Asbestos finds leads to recall
Chinese made Great Wall cars are displayed at a car dealership in Sydney. An Australian importer, which imports the cars made by Great Wall Motor Co. and Chery Automobile, recalled 23,000 Chinese-made cars after asbestos was found inside engine and exhaust gaskets. Picture: AP Photo/Rick Rycroft

All Great Wall and Chery cars sold in Australia have been recalled after it was discovered that a number of gaskets contained "a small amount of bonded asbestos fibre".

The recall will involve almost 25,000 cars sold by the two Chinese brands since they went on sale in 2009 (Great Wall) and 2010 (Chery).

Despite the sensitivities surrounding asbestos - known to cause asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer - the gaskets may not necessarily be replaced.

An independent report by occupational health and safety consultants Hibbs & Associates concluded that the gaskets containing asbestos presented a negligible health risk to the driver, passengers or technicians working on the vehicles.

Letters will be sent to owners informing them that any affected gaskets will be replaced as and when required during normal services. However, if owners have any concerns regarding gaskets in their vehicle they can phone 1800 114 672 (Great Wall) or 1800 359 456 (Chery) to arrange for them to be replaced.