Recent high-profile scandals car
Toyota Camry - as it turned out, far from being a safe car.
Over the past few years in the automotive industry broke a few scandals. It turned out that the machine's most famous brands do not meet the basic requirements. They became notorious as cars, life-threatening the driver and passengers.
1. Accelerator pedal on the Toyota
The sedan Toyota Camry 2010, the business class.
Toyota has got "under fire", when on some models of Toyota and Lexus discovered a problem with the electronic gas pedal. In some cases, it is not true fire and the car began to accelerate out of control, resulting in a fatal accident. Few years, the Japanese have denied any wrongdoing. All the responsibility they have for the affected drivers. Only a few years later, in 2012, the Toyota leadership agreed to a deal with the US authorities. They had to withdraw 9, 3 million cars worldwide and pay a fine of 1, 2 billion dollars to avoid criminal prosecution.
2. Airbag Takata
Airbag modern car.
From 2000 to 2008, the Japanese auto parts supplier Takata produced defective airbags (airbags). As it seemed, their design was influenced by moisture, as well as they could explode, forming a set of fragments. Defective airbags were put in the most popular car brands in the world, including Honda, Nissan, Chrysler, Toyota, BMW, Mazda, Ford, Chevrolet, Subaru and Mitsubishi. From 17 to 30 million cars from around the world have received the dangerous elements of security from Takata, already known for at least 15 deaths of their operation.
Simulation Takata airbag explosion.
Production of airbags Takata.
The Takata recognized that the problem was known and agreed to pay a fine of $ 1 billion. Nevertheless, to withdraw all cars with airbags from Takata and fix the problem is not possible. On the Internet there are special resources that you can check your car and, if necessary, replace the dangerous site.
3. "Problem" Chevrolet Cobalt
Chevrolet Cobalt first generation was produced from 2004 to 2010.
Chevrolet Cobalt was supposed to be the most ordinary compact car. Instead, the model went down in history as one of the most dangerous ever sold in the US. In 2007, the concern General Motors has withdrawn 98,000 Cobalt cars, because they did not meet safety standards. Then, in 2010, a faulty steering system has led to the withdrawal of an additional 1, 3 million cars. But, as it turned out, the biggest problem Cobalt - is a faulty ignition module. This device would directly switch off the ignition while driving at any speed. This disables the airbag and anti-lock system. All this led to the fatal accident.
As in most other scandals associated with cars, the concern General Motors already knew about the defect site in 2004. But to release this information and correct the error would have been too expensive, so the problem of "silent".
Salon Chevrolet Cobalt.
In 2006, we began to replace the defective unit to the ignition improved. Thus, to cover his tracks, node set with the same serial number. It was only due to the ongoing deadly accident GM leadership has recognized this fact and finally withdrew 2, 6 million Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 similar to correct the problem.
Against the company have been put forward on the civil claims of $ 10 billion. But General Motors refused to pay for them, even though the number of deaths from faulty ignition has reached 90 people.
Frauds diesel Volkswagen.
Recent years, Volkswagen is one of the largest automakers in the world. Their cars have always been considered more efficient and environmentally "clean" than the competition. But the reputation of the German company came the collapse, when September 18, 2015 a group of American researchers announced findings of fraud associated with the diesel Volkswagen. The Agency for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the car is equipped with software that allows the car to be tested for exhaust emissions on a "special" scheme. That is, Volkswagen cars showed high environmental results only during the tests. And during normal operation of the machine to work, ignoring the environment.
Poster satirising Volkswagen cars.
As it turned out, Volkswagen diesel cars are much "dirtier" than similar competing models. "Spoof" firmware onboard computer found in the diesel Golf, Passat, Tiguan, Jetta, Beetle and the Audi A3. Sales of these models is stopped, the company's shares have fallen in price, and only time will tell what will be the consequences for the concern Volkswagen AG. According to preliminary estimates, it was released from 5 to 11 million machines to "spoof" the firmware. For those that have been sold in the US, the company will receive a fine of $ 37,500 for each car. Total is from 14 to 18 billion dollars.