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Feds Reveal Widespread Cheating By Volkswagen In Clean Air Tests; Fines Could Exceed Billions Of Dollars
In a stunning announcement released earlier this week, the federal government revealed that Volkswagen intentionally installed software in nearly half a million diesel-equipped vehicles to help them achieve higher emissions control efficiency numbers; it could result in what could be a landmark case for green vehicles, and perhaps a new hurdle for the recently resurgent diesel vehicle market.
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The 354hp Audi SQ5 is a hot little SUV. It offers lots of style, lots of luxury, and lots of supercharged performance. But they've discovered that its electric power steering system could fail, which could be really bad if you're driving it they way it was intended (See: Quickly).
Bam! Airbags are meant to save lives, but, sometimes, they can smack you in the face like an angry girlfriend. And if you drive a 2012-2015 Ram pickup, you may not be as safe as you thought...
Well, it seems that the words, "Toyota" and "recall" are slowly becoming synonymous. Unfortunately for the Japanese car maker, they have had to recently send out a call-back for 159,700 RAV4 models built between May 13, 2003 and October 25, 2005. This time around it is because these cars have an airbag that may go off without notice and without a crash. It seems that moisture can get in and mess with the inflator, causing it to rupture, and thus deploy the the dual-stage front airbag unexpectedly.
GM has recently issued a recall that isn't actually a recall... sort of. The General is bringing back Chevy Trax made between October 13, 2014 through February 3, 2015 (all 2015 designated models) and Buick Encore models made between August 26, 2014 through February 9, 2015 (also all 2015 designated models) totaling a whopping 19,831 models in all. So what's the big issue? Well, nothing. The cars themselves are okay (so far) mechanically speaking. No big engine failures or potential electrical fire hazards. Actually, the issue is that GM didn't put the rim-size information for these trucks on the placards on the cars. No big deal, right? Well, no, and yes. Technically, this violates the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards requirement that states load capacities must be available. The issue isn't for the rims that come with the car from GM, but rather, if the owner were to change the rims on their truck, they may not know what size or load capacity to look for, and may mistakenly get a rim that cannot handle the amount of load necessary, which may result in some serious driving issues.
To avoid all this, GM is going to contact owners of these vehicles and ask them to come back for a free fix of the unlabeled placard and replace it with one that has the correct information on it. GM has not stated when they will begin their recall but owners may contact Buick at 1-800-521-7300 and Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 for more information. Read on for the full report...
Posted In: Recalls, Safety
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Mercedes has been manufacturing cars since the late 1800s, and they rarely get anything wrong. But when you have to combine thousands of moving parts, even the best car builders can have problems. That's why Stuttgart had to recall some 33,000 copies of the 2012-2015 Mercedes CLS and around 3,000 units of the 2015 Mercedes C-Class. Let's find out why...
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After the flurry of GM recalls last year, it’s no surprise that the automaker is still dealing with the repercussions. Of course, the major issue was the faulty ignition switch. Claims are still being received over at General Motors with 108 coming in last week alone.
Yet another Toyota recall... Although their first of the new year isn't as catastrophic as some in recent memory, and technically the issuing body is Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC, maybe Toyota Motor Corp is off the hook on this one. This one affects 2013-2015 Toyota Rav4 models built between June 1, 2013 and December 29, 2014 that were ordered with a trailer light accessory module. The computer program that controls the lights may turn off the electrical lights because it may believe that there is a phantom short circuit that doesn't actually exist. Obviously, if a trailer is being towed with no lights, it can cause a multitude of problems. No brake lights or turn signals can cause plenty of dangers to the driver and other drivers on the road.
Southeast Toyota Distributors will notify owners beginning February 23 of this year and will replace the module with a new one with that has been fixed at no charge to owners. Read on for the full report...
The Toyota Prius V is undoubtedly the ‘Big Momma’ of the Prii family. It offers lots of passenger room and the cargo capacity of a tall wagon. Plus it gets like a million miles-to-the-gallon, thanks to Toyota’s super-thrifty hybrid Synergy Drive system. But front seat passengers might not get the benefit of airbag protection in a crash. Click through to find out why…
Pressure Mounts For FCA Over Ongoing Jeep Recall; Advocates Claim Affected Vehicles Still Pose Threat To Public
The pressure is building on FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) with advocates and safety regulators trying to persuade the company to expand and intensify its efforts to contact owners of Jeeps that are affected by an ongoing recall that addresses a potential fire risk if the vehicles are struck from behind in a crash.
A Swift kick in the head--and chest, and arm--about your car's potential ''surprise'' safety systems
There is a special kind of sound that the human brain creates when it is instantly overwhelmed with a concussive force so loud and intense that the entire skull is hammered by it rather than just the eardrum.
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