Saturday, August 13, 2011

China Recalls Bullet Trains, Slows Down High-Speed Rail

China's second-largest train manufacturer will recall 54 bullet trains running on the new Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway after a series of malfunctions, a company official said Friday.

The state-owned CNR Corporation earlier this week suspended deliveries of the same model for safety reasons.

"All decisions are based on safety and we are trying to be responsible," said Tan Xiaofeng, a company spokesman.

The news came on the heels of a Chinese government announcement to slow down bullet trains nationwide and halt approval for new construction, amid increasing public scrutiny on the country's railway safety following a crash last month that killed at least 40 people.