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PostHeaderIcon Kia recalls 340,000 Souls for a fix yet again!

Kia Motors America has recalled 342,381 Souls once again due to an unsuccessful steering issue fix that took place the first time. The first instance was in November 2015, making this the second recall in a span of two years. The recall is stated for the models manufactured between July 21, 2013 and September 30, 2015. These include the Soul and Soul EV’s.

According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the pinion plug is not safely secured. This means the pinion gear could separate from the steering gear assembly, resulting in a loss of steering control. Despite identifying and acknowledging the issue previously, they were not able to rectify the problem completely. As per the report,
“The driver will hear a clunking noise from the steering rack while turning the steering wheel.”

Kia issued a statement saying that they are not aware of any injuries caused by the issue. Depending on the car, Kia will either secure the pinion plug correctly or, if required, replace the whole steering assembly. Dealers will begin recalling the affected cars in mid-November.
While this is a voluntary recall, it may be noted that customers who have paid for the first repair will be reimbursed.

Author’s Take

A well-known brand like Kia cannot let such mistakes happen. This is something that shouldn’t have occurred in the first place. Since the recall is for the same problem, the customers won’t have a peace of mind even after the second fix. The risk associated with an issue like this is life-threatening. But, on the other hand, Kia must be appreciated for committing to customer safety and accepting their mistake publically. They are willing to even replace the steering assembly if need be. All that matters, in the end, is that the problem is rectified and there are no injuries as a result of this potentially dangerous problem.

References

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PostHeaderIcon BMW Recalling 1 Million Cars in the U.S. over Fire Risk

BMW is recalling a whopping one million vehicles in North America over two separate issues involving fire risks. Both recalls include cars produced from 2006 to the 2011 model years. One recall covers 670,000 3 Series models from 2006 to 2011 model years, while the second recall is issued for 740,000 cars from 2007 to 2011 model years. The latter includes the 128i, 3 Series, 5 Series, X3, X5, and Z4 models. Although these figures amount to more than 1.4 million units, BMW says the recalls overlap and cover about one million examples. Nearly all cars have been sold in the United States, while about 15,000 are from Canada. The recalls may expand to other countries in the future, but no specific announcement has been made as of this writing.

The first recall for the 3 Series models only will address a wiring issue for heating and air conditioning system. According to the company’s report for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the systems may overheat and could increase the risk of a fire in the car. BMW has reportedly been monitoring the issue since 2008 and has made some improvements in 2011, but some incidents from 2015 and 2016, which led to injuries, prompted a mass recall. The second recall is about a valve heater issue that may cause damage to the engine compartment. No injuries or crashes related to this problem have been reported so far. All cars involved will have their wiring harnesses and valve heaters replaced at BMW dealers, free of charge.

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Why it matters?

Recalls have become an important part of the auto industry in recent decades and, unfortunately, some issues have caused serious crashes, injuries, and even fatalities. So it’s not surprising that the German brand has been monitoring these problems for quite a few years a now and decided to have a big recall before more incidents and injuries are reported. If you own a 128i, 3 Series, 5 Series, X3, X5 or Z4 vehicle built for the 2006 to 2011 model years, make sure you check with the NHTSA and your local dealer for a checkup and fix. Lives may be at stake here, so don’t take any risks.

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PostHeaderIcon Don’t Fall Out! Ford F-150’s Doors Can Fly Open

Ford is issuing a safety recall for roughly 1.3 million F-150 and Super Duties from 2015 to 2017 over concerns the door latch can become inoperable, which could lead to the door not opening, or worse, the door flying open while driving. Ford says two mechanical problems can lead to the condition. One, the latch could become frozen and two, the cable running from the inside handle to the latch can become kinked. In either scenario, serious safety problems arise.

Basically, it boils down to the door not latching or unlatching when it shouldn’t. That’s bad, especially if somebody needed to enter or exit quickly, say in an emergency. What’s worse, Ford says the door could appear closed, yet the latch be unsecured. That could lead the door to fling open while taking a turn. Forget to put a seatbelt on, and somebody is leaving the truck in a bad way.

Thankfully, Ford says it has no reports of injuries stemming from this problem but is replacing door latches on a select number of aluminum-bodied F-Series trucks. These include the current-generation F-150 built from March 2014 up through the new 2017 Super Duty built in 2016. The full list of recalled trucks is below. The recall covers 1,101,107 F-Series trucks in the U.S., 222.408 in Canada, and 21,090 in Mexico for a total of 1,344,605.

Ford’s solution to the problem is installing a “water shield” over the door latches to prevent water from getting inside. Ford didn’t specify whether the latches freeze due to rust or if actual ice was accumulating in colder weather. Regardless, Ford dealership technicians will inspect the parts and repair them if necessary.

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The F-Series Trucks Under Recall

  • 2015-2017 F-150 built at Dearborn Assembly Plant from March 12, 2014 to December 31, 2016
  • 2015-2017 F-150 built at Kansas City Assembly Plant from August 11, 2014 to December 30, 2016
  • 2017 Super Duty vehicles built at Kentucky Assembly Plant from October 8, 2015 to September 1, 2016

Owners can also cross-reference their vehicles’ VIN with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website to find recall information specific to their vehicle.

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PostHeaderIcon Nearly 22K Porsche Cayenne Diesel Recalled

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That’s right, even top-shelf automakers such as Porsche whose name is a byword for quality and craftsmanship sometimes gets hit by an unfortunate error or mistake that results in a huge and hugely embarrassing recall. This time it’s the Porsche Cayenne Diesel getting called back to the factory to have a software glitch fixed with an update. 

The number of Porsche Cayenne Diesel models affected with the software issue is more than 21,500 vehicles in Europe from model years 2014 to 2017, including 6,000 in Germany, all powered by the 3.0-litre V6 Diesel. The issue is with irregularities in the engine control software which is easily fixed with an update – a patch, if you will.

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To be honest the recall of Porsche Cayenne Diesel, despite its fairly large scale, does not damage Porsche’s reputation for a number of reasons. First of all, they discovered the issue in internal investigations and even though they probably could cover it up they decided to notify the authorities and issue a recall. Then there is the fact that Porsche doesn’t even build these engines but get them from a third-party maker. Nevertheless, they are taking full responsibility here and paying for the repair.  The recall is expected to begin in autumn 2017, it will take about an hour to complete and it will be free of charge.

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PostHeaderIcon Nearly 22K Porsche Cayenne Diesel Recalled

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That’s right, even top-shelf automakers such as Porsche whose name is a byword for quality and craftsmanship sometimes gets hit by an unfortunate error or mistake that results in a huge and hugely embarrassing recall. This time it’s the Porsche Cayenne Diesel getting called back to the factory to have a software glitch fixed with an update. 

The number of Porsche Cayenne Diesel models affected with the software issue is more than 21,500 vehicles in Europe from model years 2014 to 2017, including 6,000 in Germany, all powered by the 3.0-litre V6 Diesel. The issue is with irregularities in the engine control software which is easily fixed with an update – a patch, if you will.

Porsche Cayenne Diesel-2

To be honest the recall of Porsche Cayenne Diesel, despite its fairly large scale, does not damage Porsche’s reputation for a number of reasons. First of all, they discovered the issue in internal investigations and even though they probably could cover it up they decided to notify the authorities and issue a recall. Then there is the fact that Porsche doesn’t even build these engines but get them from a third-party maker. Nevertheless, they are taking full responsibility here and paying for the repair.  The recall is expected to begin in autumn 2017, it will take about an hour to complete and it will be free of charge.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Issues Tiny Recall on Escape and Explorer PPU, Larger Recall on Transit Van

Ford just issued two of the smallest safety compliance recalls in history. The automaker has reason to believe three 2016 Escape crossovers and four Police Interceptor Utility Vehicles left the factory with defects, which could potentially cause harm to users. These laughably small recalls are juxtaposed against another recall announced at the same time. This one affects 402,000 Transit vans built between 2015 and 2017. While these larger recalls have seemingly become “business as usual” for automakers, it’s rare to hear a voluntarily recall for vehicles in the single digits.

In fact, only BMW has Ford beat, according to online information. It recalled a single – one, uno, 1.02017 X3 xDrive28i back in October of 2016 for an issue with its electronic power steering. Of course, I’m not counting boutique automakers with relatively tiny production numbers like McLaren, Pagani, and Koenigsegg. At the opposite end of the recall spectrum, the ongoing Takata airbag recall has entangled more than two-dozen automakers and nearly 70 million vehicles. The recall began in 2013 due to faulty inflators that could explode upon airbag deployment, sending metal shrapnel into passengers’ faces. Sadly, at least 11 deaths and more than 150 injuries have been reported in the U.S. alone. Thankfully, Ford has no reports of injuries resulting from the Explorer, Escape, or Transit van. So what exactly is prompting these recalls? Keep reading to find out.

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PostHeaderIcon Super Limited Lamborghini Venenos Isn't Immune From The Recall Bug

Just because a car that’s limited to just 12 units – three coupes and nine roadsters – and costs $4.5 million each, doesn’t mean it’s impervious to technical malfunctions. The ultra-limited Lamborghini Veneno found that out the hard way after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) included the ridiculously powerful and obscenely expensive supercar among a list of Lambos that are at risk of catching fire.

According to a report, Lamborghini submitted to the NHTSA, issues in the fuel tank’s EVAP could cause liquid fuel to get into the EVAP system in certain circumstances. This includes filling the fuel tank to the brim and “particular handling situations.” We can only assume those handling situations include instances when a car’s fuel is getting splashed inside. Hard accelerations, perhaps? Super tight cornering? Sudden brakes? In any event, if the fuel does end up into the EVAP system, there’s a good chance flammable vapor can escape, which in turn could ignite and cause a fire.

In addition to the exclusive Veneno, the recall also affects 2012 to 2017 model years of the Lamborghini Aventador and all of its variants, of which the Veneno. All in all, a report from Bloomberg indicates that a total of 1,453 Lamborghinis are affected in the U.S. and around 4,500 units all over the world.

Like with most recalls (this one is without question is a high-profile one), owners of affected cars should expect to be notified by Lamborghini, which in turn will schedule an appointment to have the EVAP system fixed with all the repairs coming at no cost to the car owners. So if you have an affected Lamborghini Aventador or one of the 12 Venenos that are also affected, exercising caution when driving your cars would be a great idea. Better yet, why don’t you keep it under the sheets, at least until Lamborghini fixes the issues.

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PostHeaderIcon NHTSA Issues Recall Of Jaguar F-Type SVR Because Of A Suspension Bolt

Recalls happen in the auto industry far more often than most people realize. It could be any number of things affecting any kind of model, but if the National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration deems it necessary, these recalls are going to happen time and time again. I say this because Jaguar has announced a recall of its most exotic model, the range-topping variant of the F-Type sports car, the F-Type SVR, over faulty suspension bolts.

Actually, the only defect is a single suspension bolt that connects the rear lower control arms to the knuckle assembly. The specifics of the defect wasn’t mentioned, only that if the bolt “fails,” the entire rear control arm assembly may separate from the car, resulting in a “loss of control and increased risk of a crash.”

There’s something sneakily hilarious about a recall for the Jaguar F-Type SVR being implemented because of a single suspension bolt, but the ramifications of not heeding the recall are certainly no laughing matter. As such, the recall for the 23 F-Type SVR affected units in the US, built between February 2016 to August 2016 US, should be treated with utmost importance.

The recall is expected to begin on December 19, 2016, although Jaguar will also notify affected owners ahead of schedule. Like always, owners are urged to bring their F-Type SVRs to their local dealerships, where the bolt will be replaced at no cost to the owner.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW Issues the Smallest Recall Ever; One BMW X3 Affected

Normally when we announce recalls here at TopSpeed, there’s a good reason for it. Usually, it involves something major and should be taken care of immediately. It also normally accounts for a wide range of models or, at the very least, a significant number of vehicles from one model line. Well, today things are a little different, and the sheer intriguing nature of the recall was enough to convince me to tell you all about it. So, what’s so special about this recall? Well, it only affects a single example of the 2017 BMW X3. Yes; you read that correctly, it’s a single model. More specifically, it’s a 2017 BMW X3 xDrive 28i that was manufactured on July 7, 2016.

According to the NHTSA, the vehicle in question is equipped with electronic power steering (commonly abbreviated as EPS.) Apparently, the contact pins on the EPS control unit may not have been welded correctly, which could lead to increased electrical resistance in the connection that could lead to a fire. According to the NHTSA, the risk of fire is there even when the vehicle is parked, and the ignition is turned off. As always, BMW will notify the owner and will make the repair free of charge. If the build date and specific model happens to matche your X3, you can plug in your car’s VIN here to see if you happen to be that one lucky owner.

On a side note, if you happen to be that one person with a faulty EPS unit, reach out to us here. We would love to hear your story and your experience with the dealer that rectifies the situation.


PostHeaderIcon A New Round Of Recalls Are Coming For Certain BMW M Models

Recalls are a hassle, but when one recall leads to another recall, that’s when things get annoying. Unfortunately, that’s the predicament certain owners of the BMW M2 Coupe, M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe, and M4 Convertible are now facing after BMW North America announced a new round of recalls for 2015 to 2017 model years of the aforementioned models, all because BMW dealerships messed up on a repair involving the rear differential during a previous recall last January 2016.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), BMW dealers used the same rear sub-frame bolts to replace the rear differential on the M cars. The problem with that is that these bolts were designed to be used only as one-time-use fasteners, as per the automaker’s own vehicle assembly process. If they’re used more than once, there’s a good chance that the “clamp force may not be achieved when torquing down the bolts,” resulting in the possibility of them loosening as they wear out. When that happens, the car’s handling and control could be compromised, which could then lead to the possibility of a crash taking place.

All told, 66 units are potentially affected by the new recall, including five M2 Coupe made from May 31 to June 20, 2016; 32 M3 Sedans manufactured from June 17, 2014 to June 13, 2016; 26 M4 Coupes built from May 2, 2014 to June 14, 2016; and three M4 Convertibles assembled from May 29, 2015 to May 27, 2016. Fortunately, no incidents have been reported concerning the condition of the affected models.

It must be said though that the NHTSA has absolved BMW dealerships of any blame for the fresh round of recalls. Apparently, BMW didn’t give specific instructions to use new rear sub-frame bolts, which could’ve led to dealership engineers using the same bolts to replace the differential.

The recall is expected to begin on October 24, 2016. In the days leading up to it, BMW will be notifying affected owners and certain dealerships of the impending recall. The latter is expected to replace the affected rear sub-frame bolts with new bolts without owners incurring any costs.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Issues Three Recalls in the U.S. for Various Problems

Recalls used to be something that didn’t really happen all that often, but these days, it seems like every manufacturer is taking a bite of shame pie. Ford is the most recent company to pop out recalls this month. Two of the recalls are safety related, and one is compliance related, leading to more than 100,000 vehicles affected. The first and most important involves Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Ford Police Interceptor sedan, and the Lincoln MKS and MKT models built for the 2013 to 2015 model years. These models, if equipped with the twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 could have a faulty fuel pump control module that could cause the engine to stall while driving, increasing the risk of an accident. A total of 88,151 of these vehicles are affected.

The next recall is also fuel related and involves the 2015 to 2016 Ford Transit with a 3.2-liter diesel engine. This model could have been equipped with a faulty fuel injection pump that could prevent the engine from starting. No injuries or accidents have been associated with this recall, but I’m sure a few owners have been pretty unhappy when their almost-new Transit failed to start in the morning. A total of 2,472 Transit vans are included in this recall.

The final recall involves the power window system of the 2017 Ford Escape. According to Ford, “the power window system configuration may exceed the regulatory requirement for remote actuation closing force, increasing the risk of injury.” So in other words, you, your child, or your dog could get one of your extremities pinched inside the window when it is being rolled up. A total of 23,150 examples of the 2017 Escape are affected and can be repaired with a simple update to the vehicle’s onboard computer software.

Before you call the dealer to schedule your appointment, you can head over to the NHTSA’s website and plug in your vehicle’s VIN to see if it is affected by these or any other recall campaigns on file.

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PostHeaderIcon GM Claims Plaintiffs are Fabricating Evidence in Texas Lawsuit Over Faulty Ignition Switch

With Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal taking up all the headlines, it was pretty easy for GM’s ignition switch problem to be overshadowed. Well, now that all the hype over VW has started to subdue a bit, GM is back in the headlines again. This time, however, it isn’t for another death or another new lawsuit, but because it is trying to get the judge to dismiss the first civil case being brought against it in Texas over the ignition switch issue.

Five years ago, Zachary Stevens was driving his 2007 Saturn Sky when he crashed into another vehicle, subsequently killing its driver. Stevens had manslaughter charges brought against him, but after claiming that the ignition switch rotation caused him to crash, and GM initiated a voluntary recall, the charge was ultimately dropped. As such, Stevens proceeded to file a civil lawsuit against GM, claiming it was at fault for the accident.

In GM’s initial filing, it claims that Stevens initially said he was driving with just a few items attached to his key, but the key shown to jurors more recently included a few more items like a gym membership car and an Eiffel Tower Souvenir. On top of that, GM is also claiming that the key itself did not, in fact, belong to the vehicle that was involved in the accident – claiming that Steven’s has “fabricated evidence” and that the alleged misstatements have “hamstrung the search for the truth.”

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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Tries to Quick-Fix the 3.0-liter Diesel, Gets Shut Down by CARB and EPA

Volkswagen did a number on itself as a company when it decided to create the biggest net of lies in automotive history. After a $14.7-billion settlement and who knows how many corporate changes, Volkswagen is now in the process of cleaning up this ridiculous mess it made. One of the problems it’s in the process of trying to solve is how to fix the 85,000 Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche models in the U.S. that are equipped with the 3.0-liter diesel. It’s a small number compared to the near-half million other diesel vehicles affected by this scandal, but this specific engine is getting a lot of attention as VW tries to get out of fixing the models as cheaply as possible.

In fact, Volkswagen has just supplied a proposed fix for the 3.0-liter. The statement sent by Volkswagen – which is supposed to detail how it plans to fix the affected cars, how the fix will work, how it will affect the car’s drivability and durability – fell far short of expectations set forth by CARB and the EPA. According to USA Today, a letter sent from CARB and the EPA to the Volkswagen Group said, “VW’s and Audi’s submissions are incomplete, substantially deficient, and fall far short of meeting the legal requirements to return those vehicles to the claimed certified configuration.” A similar notice was reportedly sent to Porsche as well.

For the record, this isn’t the first time CARB has rejected VW’s statements. Back in February, the firm was supposed to specifically outline how the vehicles affected by this scandal didn’t meet the requirements of the law. That statement was rejected as well, falling short of the requirements set forth by the agency. Volkswagen has released a statement claiming the rejection was “a procedural step” and that it will “continue to work closely” with the board and the EPA to come up a resolution.

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PostHeaderIcon The Recall Bug Takes Another Bite Off Of The Porsche 918 Spyder

With all the technological advances contained within the Porsche 918 Spyder, the thought of seeing the car subjected to a recall seems far-fetched, maybe even ridiculous. And yet, the 918 Spyder has actually been recalled a handful of times already. It’s had rear axle control arms issues. It’s had defective chassis parts. Now it’s once again being recalled for what Porsche is saying as potential problems attributed to the hypercar’s seatbelts.

Apparently, a mistake in the 918 Spyder’s original parts catalog may have led technicians to install the wrong screw in the wrong location, leaving both the seat belt mount and the belt reel mount unsecured. Since the screws are one-time-use only, there’s no way for Porsche to put them back in their proper place. So the company is issuing the recall so it check the fastening screws on the seat belt mount and on the belt reel to ensure that they’re right where they’re supposed to be.

In the event that they’re not, Porsche will replace the screws on all affected models of the 918 Spyder. Since this involves the automaker’s most high-profile performance car, the company is understandably treating this with the proper amount of caution. It’s not clear if this recall affects all 918 units of the hypercar but Porsche is recalling a large portion anyway, just to be sure.

Owners of the hypercar are encouraged to contact their respective Porsche dealers, wherever they may be in the world, to know more about the recall and how they can have their respective 918 Spyders inspected for the faulty screws.

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Model X Recalled To Replace Third-Row Seats

In a recent email sent out by Tesla customer service, it was announced that Tesla was issuing a voluntary safety recall related to the third seating row in the new Tesla Model X. The flaw involves the locking mechanism for the seat back, and the possibility that it could slip under extreme stress.

The recliner was supplied by an outside supplier and was found to be potentially defective during testing before the company began delivering the Model X in Europe. According to the email, Tesla claims to have conducted 15 tests for North American models prior to their delivery without any indication of failure. Despite the fact that North American models passed testing, and there have been no reported instances of failure, Tesla decided to issue the voluntary recall anyway.

It has been reported that Tesla has worked with its supplier to redesign the recliner mechanism, and is currently working on constructing new seatbacks for each affected vehicle. Service centers will contact affected parties in the near future to schedule the installation of a new seatback, and Tesla expects production of all replacement seatbacks to be done within the next five weeks, if not sooner. Tesla is advising current owners to continue using their Model X as they normally would, but to refrain from using the third row of seating until the recall can be performed.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Macan Recalled for Potential Fuel Leak

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Porsche is recalling 58,881 examples of the Macan S and Macan Turbo worldwide, including 1,198 in the UK, for a possible fuel leak from one of the low pressure lines. What like best about this is that Porsche calls it a mere “examination,” because, of course, recall sounds pretty bad.

Not that Porsche is a stranger with recalls. There is no doubt about the quality of their products, but every once in a while a major slip-up happens over there with terrible consequences. Remember all those 991 GT3s that went up in flames?

Hopefully the Macan problem is not that serious as no case of any incidents or fire have been reported so far as the result of the fuel line issue. Porsche says the issue has been rectified in ongoing production, and that current Macan owners will be contacted directly to bring their cars in for examination. They will change faulty fuel lines free of charge, but the work will take roughly one hour of your life that you won’t get back.

Only petrol engined Macans including the S and Turbo models – both powered by V6 units – are affected with this problem. The new Macan GTS is apparently safe, so you can go ahead and place an order for that one.

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PostHeaderIcon EPA Says Volkswagen Cheated – Recalls to Follow

[The Volkswagen Group is under fire after the EPA recently discovered that some of its diesel-powered models have been manipulated to comply with emissions standards only during testing. We have yet to receive official confirmation of the details, but the Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Beetle, Volkswagen Passat and Audi A3 have all been mentioned so far, dating back to as early as the 2009 model year. The vehicles were allegedly programmed to run without emissions controls unless they are being tested.

In a recent press release, Volkswagen’s board of management has apologized for breaking the public’s trust and said violation of internal regulations or laws would not be tolerated. VW has said that it will comply will all agencies with transparency and urgency, and has ordered an external investigation. A recall will be issued in the near future to reprogram the affected vehicles and bring them up to U.S. standards. At this time, we are unaware if vehicles outside of the U.S. are affected. We will keep you updated as more details come forward.

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PostHeaderIcon GM To Pay $900 Million Settlement

General Motors will pay out $900 million to the federal government to settle the case brought by the U.S. Justice Department’s involving faulty ignition switches that affected 2.59 million vehicles. The case charged GM with wire fraud and conspiracy to conceal life-threatening defects from federal regulators. No individuals were charged. The settlement comes just weeks after GM admitted to 124 deaths that were direct results of the defect. Over 4,300 claims were filed, 338 of which were death claims.

In exchange for the payout, the U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to defer prosecution of charges involving the defective ignition switches for three years. During that time, GM will be required to cooperate with federal regulators and establish an independent monitor that will continually review the company’s policies and procedures concerning safety and recalls. If the terms are met, federal prosecutors have agreed to seek dismissal of charges after three years.

“The mistakes that led to the ignition switch recall should never have happened. We have apologized and we do so again today,” said GM CEO Mary Barra in company press release. “We have faced our issues with a clear determination to do the right thing both for the short term and the long term. I believe that our response has been unprecedented in terms of candor, cooperation, transparency and compassion.”

“The worst part of this tragedy is that it was entirely avoidable,” said Troubled Asset Relief Program inspector general Christy Romero, according to Bloomberg Business. TARP bailed out GM in 2009 to the tune $49.5 billion, cash that Romero says, “could have significantly reduced the risk of this deadly defect by improving the key design for less than one dollar per vehicle.”

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PostHeaderIcon FCA Offering Incentives to Customers Who Complete Recalls

In order to help boost the number of vehicles being brought in for recall services, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is offering various incentives to customers who participate in mandated safety recalls.


PostHeaderIcon Final Death Toll From GM's Defective Ignition Switches is Debatable

General Motors has claimed that 124 deaths were the result of faulty ignition switches. The number is almost 10 times more than the 13 deaths the company admitted to about a year ago, but 214 short of the total 338 death claims filed. The findings come from an internally appointed review team that considered over 4,300 death and injury claims.

As you might expect, not everyone is satisfied with GM’s findings. The Detroit Times spoke with the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, Clarence Ditlow, who said the “burden of proof on the individual consumer was always too high,” and that it was impossible for some would-be claimants to produce sufficient documentation.

“The entire program was designed to get [sic] help get Congress and the Justice Department off GM’s back,” Ditlow told The Detroit Times. “The one thing is clear that we will never know how many people were killed or injured because it goes back so far.”

In addition to the death claims paid, the General Motors compensation fund will also pay out 274 injury claims, but says there are still a few left to review. Of the 4,342 total claims filed, 338 of which were for deaths, about 91 percent were rejected. So far, GM has paid about $280 million in claims and expects that number to climb to $625 million. Several claims have been rejected or not yet accepted.

Continue reading for the full story.


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