1. A German newspaper says Volkswagen has been cheating again.

    This time using unapproved software on its 3-liter diesels. Oh, wünderbar.

    "The programs are allegedly used to shut off nitrogen oxide emissions controls after 22 minutes, about two minutes longer than the 20 minutes it takes to perform a typical emissions test. If true, emissions regulators would see normal emissions levels on test machines, then after about 22 minutes the emissions levels will shoot up."…

    keep reading article "VW Caught Cheating Again?"
  2. About 217,000 Audi vehicles will be recalled to replace passenger-side airbag inflators that could explode and send pieces of metal into vehicle occupants.

    "The recall is part of massive Takata airbag recalls ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration consisting of 35-40 million vehicles in addition to about 29 million vehicles already recalled."…

    keep reading article "A4 and A6 Need New Takata Inflators"
  3. A jury has blamed Audi for injuries sustained during an A4 Quattro crash. It's a sad story.

    An 11-year-old boy was sitting behind his father, the driver, when the car was struck from behind. The force of the impact caused the driver's seat-back to collapse and the two occupants hit heads. The boy suffered partial blindness and permanent brain damage:

    "The jury ruled the design and manufacturing of the A4 Quattro was defective and caused the seat-back to collapse, striking and injuring the boy."…

    keep reading article "Audi Blamed in A4 Crash"
  4. VW has issued a recall for 850,000 vehicles with defective Takata airbag inflators, 170,000 of which belong to Audi.

    "Volkswagen says the driver's side frontal airbags use "non-desiccated" SDI and PSDI-5 Takata inflators. Non-desiccated simply means they aren't protected from moisture. That moisture is at the heart of the exploding airbags, as it's believed moisture affects the explosive chemical used to deploy the airbags."…

    keep reading article "Audi Part of VW’s 850,000 Vehicle Takata Recall"
  5. VW says 734 model year 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan and Audi Q5 vehicles have seat-mounted airbags that could explode on the front driver or passenger side.

    "In June 2015, VW learned of an accident involving a 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan where the Takata side airbag inflator exploded and injured the driver under the left arm. VW later ordered a large scale analysis of airbag parts after two failed tests occurred at Takata."…

    keep reading article "Audi Q5 Seat-Mounted Takata Airbags Recalled"
  6. The EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have rejected Volkswagen's plan to fix the 500,000 diesel vehicles that contain defeat devices.

    They also don't buy that VW didn't lie, like the CEO insists.

    "“They [Volkswagen] continued and compounded the lie and when they were caught they tried to deny it. The result is thousands of tons of nitrogen oxide that have harmed the health of Californians. They need to make it right. Today's action is a step in the direction of assuring that will happen." - CARB"

    keep reading article "EPA Rejects VW’s Proposed Diesel Fix"
  7. Do you sit in your car's seats? Yeah, of course you do. But it turns out if you own certain Audi cars, that could be a problem.

    "Audi is recalling about 21,000 A6 and A7 cars equipped with heated/cooled seats ... with passenger occupant detection system modules that can malfunction. Audi says stress and wear can cause problems with an internal connector or body-sensing mat inside the front passenger seat."…

    keep reading article "Audi Passenger Airbags Recalled"

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