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Electric cars in China

Tesla summoned by Chinese regulators over car malfunctions

Five departments jointly urge US automaker to 'obey laws'

Tesla recently started sales of its locally produced Model Y SUVs after cutting its price by 30% from earlier quotes.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Tesla has been summoned to meet with China's market regulator and four other central government departments over customer complaints about vehicle malfunctions.

The statement published by the State Administration for Market Regulation on its website on Monday evening said Chinese consumers had complained about unusual acceleration, battery fires and problems with updating the cars' software.

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