Toyota, ALJ to recall Yaris 2006-2010 models

Updated 12 June 2014
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Toyota, ALJ to recall Yaris 2006-2010 models

Toyota announced that it is going through its distributor Abdul Latif Jameel Co. (ALJ) to recall specific Yaris models built between 2006 and 2010 for a special maintenance campaign.
Toyota pointed out that the recall is to replace the seat track, to avoid movement of the spring that locks the seat in position in case of accidents. ALJ will announce the campaign through local newspapers very soon after completion of preparations and arrival of spare parts from Japan.
However, ALJ spokesperson stated that the recall is a preventative measure only and it is not expected that all vehicles will experience this condition. He added that owners of the models included in the campaign will be contacted as per the procedures adopted in previous similar campaigns conducted by the company.
ALJ confirmed that all tests and installations will be free of cost during the campaign, which comes in line with ALJ’s efforts to achieve continuous improvement.
ALJ has put up a site for the special service informing owners of Toyota Yaris (2006 to 2009 YM) to log on and register at http://www.toyota.com.sa/en/pcamp_yar.asp.
As the largest Toyota independent distributor worldwide, ALJ operates above 1,000 after sales service centers across the Kingdom, while delivery of spare parts has reached 98 percent.
According to Nielsen, Focal Point and the ALJ studies, customer satisfaction ranged between 82 percent and 86 percent in 2013, during which the company provided 57,000 training hours for its after-sales service staff, and provided 22 million work hours in the field of maintenance.
After sales service staff includes above 12,000 employees who secured the first position for the company through a period of 38 years. All such achievements are attributed to the outstanding performance and the valuable services that ALJ is providing and improving day after day, since 1955.


Huawei secretly helped North Korea build, maintain wireless network: Washington Post

Updated 15 min 41 sec ago
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Huawei secretly helped North Korea build, maintain wireless network: Washington Post

WASHINGTON: Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , the Chinese company put on a US black list because of national security concerns, secretly helped North Korea build and maintain its commercial wireless network, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing sources and internal documents.
The Chinese telecommunications giant partnered with a state-owned Chinese firm, Panda International Information Technology Co. Ltd., on a number of projects in North Korea over at least eight years, the Post reported.
Such a move would raise questions of whether Huawei, which has used US technology in its components, violated American export controls to furnish North Korea with equipment, according to the Post.
The United States put Huawei on a blacklist in May, citing national security concerns. The move banned US companies from selling most US parts and components to Huawei without special licenses but President Donald Trump said last month American firms could resume sales in a bid to restart trade talks with Beijing.
Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but said in a statement to the Washington Post it had “no business presence” in North Korea. It was not immediately possible to reach the Panda Group.
The Commerce Department, which also did not immediately respond to a request for comment, has investigated possible links between Huawei and North Korea since 2016 but has not publicly connected the two, the Post said.
Huawei and Panda vacated their Pyongyang office in the first half of 2016, the newspaper reported.