763,949 cars with defects were recalled last year

Updated 27 January 2016

763,949 cars with defects were recalled last year

RIYADH: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) recalled 763,949 cars for various defects during 2015, a statement by the ministry’s recall center has said.
The MCI keeps customers informed of its operations regarding the recall of cars through its website Recalls.sa or through local media.
The website carries information about any defects or malfunctions that may arise in the goods that are considered a safety risk. The ministry also follows up on such defects with global and local companies.
According to statistics unveiled for last year, the total recalls of various consumer goods reached 240. Cars recorded the highest number of recalls at 224, while the remaining 16 included electrical and electronic devices. More than 350 announcements were published for such recalls in local newspapers.
The largest number of recalls were 100,548 Toyota Camry cars (2007-2011 models) due to a defect in the window keys that may cause short-circuits.
Among the prominent cars against which action was take were Toyota Corollas (2006-2011 models). A total of 65,140 vehicles of this make were recalled for adding a smart break system to limit vehicle acceleration, the MCI said. Also, 15,964 Honda Accords (2015-2016 models) were recalled due to a defect in the engine that could produce annoying sound or engine failure.
The most important recall was for 2,504 Hyundai Genesis cars, model 2015, due to the possibility of air leakage from the tires that could lead to its damage.


LA Italian eatery Madeo delights the palate in Riyadh Season pop-up

Updated 15 December 2019

LA Italian eatery Madeo delights the palate in Riyadh Season pop-up

  • Despite minor setbacks he faced while setting up, Vietina considers the experience to be a positive one

RIYADH: Renowned Italian restaurant Madeo has opened up in Al-Murabba for Riyadh Season. 

The pop-up has started brightly, and head chef Gianni Vietina invited Arab News to sample the menu and chat about his experience.

Vietina, in Saudi Arabia for the first time, said that he loved the location he had set up in, and was very happy to be opening up in the Kingdom. 

“The location is gorgeous. At night, with all the lights on, the music going, it’s very nice.”

Despite minor setbacks he faced while setting up, Vietina considers the experience to be a positive one and that the response was even better than he had expected. 

“Like anything new, you have quests, you have problems. Up to now, we’re doing pretty good. We are up and running. We’re comfortable now, which is a shame as we’re leaving pretty soon,” he said.

He added that he would repeat the experience in a heartbeat if he could: “They were nice enough to ask me to stay in Saudi a little longer, but I can’t. I need to go back home. But I would love to come back.”

He said that while he was not planning to open up a permanent restaurant in Saudi Arabia, he would not rule it out completely.  “I’ve been offered options, and friends have offered to show me locations while I’m here, but I can’t do it right now, I just opened a new restaurant two months ago,” he said.

“I chose the dishes that I know that most of the Saudis that visit my restaurant in Los Angeles like.”

Gianni Vietina, Head chef of Madeo

The pop-up’s menu contains most of what the original restaurant offers, including his ever-popular penne amadeo and spaghetti bolognese, with the chefs using a combination of imported and locally sourced ingredients. 

“I chose the dishes that I know that most of the Saudis that visit my restaurant in Los Angeles like,” he told Arab News.

For the pop-up, Vietina has stuck to using halal and alcohol-free ingredients. 

“It was challenging at the beginning. But the bolognese at Amadeo doesn’t contain pork, and I realized after we tried cooking without wine that almost nothing changed. I actually prefer it,” he said.

Madeo is a favorite of Saudis visiting Los Angeles, with Vietina going so far as to describe the restaurant as a “Little Riyadh” on most evenings between July and September. 

He even recognizes some of the customers who have come into the Riyadh pop-up, and always stops over to greet them.

Upon sampling the menu, it’s easy to see why the food at Madeo has remained popular all these years. 

The eggplant parmigiana is a perfect blend of crusty cheese and silky smooth eggplant, with hints of basil and rosemary. 

The bolognese is rich, meaty and decadent, without being too heavy and greasy. And the penne Amadeo, which Vietina has been eating since his childhood, is a timeless classic of crushed tomato, basil, finished off with butter and Parmigiano Reggiano for a creamy, rich flavor.