Volkswagon has admitted to creating and utilizing software to cheat emissions tests for their diesel vehicles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The vehicles involved include over 482,000 cars in the US alone, including the VW-manufactured Audi A3, Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat. About 11 million cars worldwide also have the cheating device or software.
The on-board computer software uses multiple parameters, including speed, engine operation, air pressure and the position of the steering wheel, which allow it to detect that an emissions test is likely occurring. At that point the computer responds by adjusting the engine’s efficiency to beat the government emissions tests.
The vehicles go back to normal function when on the road, dumping up to 40 times more pollutant into the atmosphere, according to EPA.
VW has quickly started to remedy the situation, recalling the U.S. vehicles, apologizing, and setting aside a fund of $6.5 billion.
Legal actions by consumers have already begun. There are multiple legal issues but it boils down to the company allegedly misrepresenting the fuel efficiency which will have an impact on the value of the vehicles.
Takata Corporation has agreed to double the scope of its recall to approximately 34 million vehicles, which might qualify as the largest U.S. vehicle recall in history. The recall was previously limited to certain territories that had what Takata considered to be high risk atmospheric conditions and high humidity. The recall expansion now includes Continue reading
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Volt vehicles manufactured August 25, 2010, to June 26, 2013. If the driver exits the vehicle without turning off the electrical system, the battery may drain low enough that the gasoline engine will automatically start itself Continue reading
One of the reasons we love our Harleys is because they vibrate excessively. My Fat-Bob Dyna sometimes vibrates like a jackhammer, and I’m good with that.
However, if the vibration causes your ignition switch to trip to “accessory,” it’s a bad thing. Continue reading
Almost 8 million vehicles from 10 different automakers have been recalled to replace installed Takata airbags. The issue revolves around exposure to humidity affecting the propellant inside the airbag mechanism, which can lead to additional force in the combustion, which can lead to rupture of the inflator housing. In a collision metal shards can be sprayed into the passenger cabin. Continue reading
What is Lane Sharing or Lane Splitting?
Lane sharing, also known as lane splitting or filtering, is the practice of passing slower moving or stopped vehicles in between lanes.
Can it be done safely? Continue reading
Lane Sharing Guidelines Taken Down
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) previously took down their recommendations for lane sharing safely. Now the California Department of of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has done the same. Continue reading
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