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Volkswagen Emissions Control System Recall

recallAccording to Consumer Reports, Volkswagen has admitted to circumventing the emissions control system in about 482,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. since 2008 with the 2.0-liter diesel engine, leading many people to refer to the situation as ‘Dieselgate.’ It is believed that as many as 11 million vehicles worldwide may be affected.

In September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a notice of violation to Volkswagen for failure to comply with Clean Air Act regulations. The EPA found that certain Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen models were emitting more pollutants than legally acceptable. There has been an ongoing investigation into which engines and models have violated the laws.

It is reported that the car maker has set aside 6.7 billion euros to help cover the costs of the recalls and another 2 billion euros for compensation payments related to its manipulations of carbon dioxide emission levels. According to the Center of Automobile Management in Germany, the costs of fines, lawsuits, and vehicle refits caused by the rigging of the diesel emissions tests could exceed 30 billion euros (about 34 billion dollars), making this one of the most complex and costly fixes in automobile history.

According to Consumerreports.com, the impacted models are:
• Audi A3 (2010-2015)
• Audi A6 Quattro (2014-2016)
• Audi A7 Quattro (2014-2016)
• Audi A8/A8L (2014-2016)
• Audi Q5 (2014-2016)
• Audi Q7 (2013-2015)
• Porsche Cayenne (2014-2016)
• Volkswagen Beetle, Beetle Convertible (2012-2015)
• Volkswagen Golf (2010-2015)
• Volkswagen Golf SportWagen (2015)
• Volkswagen Jetta, Jetta SportWagen (2009-2015)
• Volkswagen Passat (2012-2015)
• Volkswagen Touareg (2013-2016)

Find more info about the recall here: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/guide-to-the-volkswagen-dieselgate-emissions-recall-

Unsafe Car Parts Recalls – February 2015

recallThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently notified the public about several safety recalls. The recalls come from the Office of Defects Investigations and are in regards to various car parts. The following information is provided on the NHTSA website (http://www.safercar.gov/). Clicking on the campaign ID number will bring you to the recall information webpage.

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 15V069

Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC is recalling two specific vehicles. One is a 2015 Range Rover Sport Vehicle manufactured November 16, 2014, and one is a 2015 LR4 vehicle manufactured November 11, 2014. In affected vehicles, the 3.0L V6 supercharged engine may have improperly torqued connecting rod bolts. The connecting rod may separate from the crankshaft and the engine may seize, which can increase the risk of a crash. Beginning April 2, 2015, Land Rover is expected to start remedying these issues by notifying owners, and dealers will replace affected engines, free of charge. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837 and reference recall number P055.

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 15V088

Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC is recalling certain models of the following list of vehicles:

2013-2015 E350 Sedan, E350 4Matic Sedan, E350 4Matic Station Wagon, E400 Hybrid Sedan, CLS 550 CGI, CLS550 4Matic
2013-2014 E550 4Matic Sedan
2013 E63 Sedan, E63 Station Wagon, CLS63
2014-2015 CLS63 4Matic, E63 4Matic Sedan, E63 4Matic Sedan “S”, E63 4Matic Station Wagon
2015 CLS400
2015 E400 Sedan, E400 4Matic Sedan, CLS400 4Matic
2014 CLS63 “S”

Affected vehicles have a rubber seal at the back of the engine bay that may temporarily stick to the hood when it is opened. It may then fall into the engine bay when the hood is closed, which can come into contact with parts of the exhaust system, increasing the risk of a fire. The recall is expected to begin by mid-March of 2015. Mercedes-Benz will notify owners of this, and deals will attach four additional retaining clips to the rubber seal, free of charge. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-201-573-5339 and reference recall number 2015020001.

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 15V093

Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Land Rover Ranger Rover vehicles that were manufactured between the dates of August 23, 2012-February 5, 2015. They are also recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Range Rover Sport vehicles that were manufactured between June 16, 2013 and February 5, 2015. In affected vehicles, the occupant classification system may improperly classify a light weight adult front passenger, which may result in the front seat passenger air bag to be disabled. If the air bag is disabled during a crash, there is an increased risk for injury. This recall is expected to begin April 17, 2015, and Land Rover will notify owners. Dealers will update the software, free of charge, to remedy the problem. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837 and reference recall P059.

For more information, questions, or safety-related complaints and concerns, call the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.