Volkswagen Group of America has issued a recall for the 2015 model year VW Golf, VW GTI, and Audi A3 vehicles. According to a press release, improper nickel plating used for components in the fuel pump may cause the pump to fail, resulting in an inability to start the car, or if the engine is running, causing a stall, increasing the risk of a crash. A total of 6,204 units are potentially affected. So far, there are no reported injuries or accidents as a result of pump failure.
Nissan and BMW issued simultaneous recalls earlier last month citing an identical issue, with some 100,000 vehicles potentially affected. The 2014 Ford Escape and 2015 Lincoln MKC also saw recalls late last year, with 12,205 units potentially affected. In all cases, the problem lay with contaminated nickel plating and debris found in the fuel pump, which causes excessive friction resulting in possible pump failure.
German-based engineering and electronics company Bosch supplied the pumps to all three manufacturers. Bosch spokeswoman Linda Beckmeyer told Autoblog that while all of the listed vehicles don’t necessarily share the same fuel pump, the parts used do go through the same nickel-plating process. There are currently not enough pumps to fix all the vehicles potentially affected, but Beckmeyer says “Bosch is working closely with automakers regarding replacement parts.”
VW says it will notify owners and dealers will inspect and replace the affected fuel pumps free of charge. VW has yet to provide a notification schedule. For more information, owners can call VW at 1-800-893-5298 or Audi at 1-800-253-2834. Owners can also call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (ask about safety campaign number 15V229000), or visit www.safercar.gov.
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Somewhat surprisingly, the third generation of the Audi TT has gotten off to a rough start in 2015, with the model receiving only four out of five stars in the latest Euro NCAP crash tests. Don’t cancel your order just yet though, because some clarification involving that result is forthcoming. The new TT is the first car tested by Euro NCAP following 2015 rating rules, which use either new or revamped test protocols and crash test dummies.
In short, the Audi model is the first victim of more stringent test procedures, so its lack of an autonomous emergency brake system is actually the main reason for its somewhat poor four-star overall safety rating. The 2015 Euro NCAP protocols have added a full-width rigid barrier frontal test to complement the frontal offset deformable test, and as an addition the new type of crash test involves a small female driver and a rear seat passenger.
Another peculiarity of the 2015 Audi TT crash test was the fact that Euro NCAP used a RHD model and took the initiative to test the model themselves. This comes after the new TT oddly went on sale in Europe without having a safety rating for the European market. To keep the controversy going, Euro NCAP used a 4-foot, 9-inch-tall female dummy in the rear, following its own protocols. Why is this strange? Well, Audi doesn’t recommend the use of the rear seats for persons taller than 4 feet 7 inches.
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Driving a high-performance car comes with various pros and cons. Whether you own a full-blown supercar, muscle car, or simply a sports car with a high power-to-weight ratio, controlling your right foot and the throttle pedal is, and always has been, a delicate balance. This is thoroughly demonstrated in the featured video.
Filmed somewhere in Russia, the video depicts an Audi R8 supercar cruising the Russian streets before slamming into what’s suspected to be a Lada Samara in just a matter of seconds. As you’ll soon see, the R8 is seen making a U-turn from one direction of flow to the opposite direction of flow, before performing yet another U-turn just seconds after the first one.
It’s currently unclear why the R8 driver did this, but the result is as plain as day. While performing the second U-turn, the driver either intentionally or unintentionally kicked the tail of the rear-wheel drive supercar out, performing a drift Ken Block would be proud of. However, the result wouldn’t make anyone proud.
After drifting into traffic, the R8 smashes into a Lada Samara which rolls after the impact. However, instead of checking to see if the occupants were uninjured, the R8 driver instead paused momentarily while remaining in the car, before speeding off from the scene, even running a red light to escape the scene.
Although no number plates can be seen in the video, it’s likely to be crucial part of evidence if police decide to investigate the matter further.
Remember, please don’t try this at home!
"Errare humanum est!"
To err is human and since cars are built by humans, it’s quite normal to experience mistakes now and then. Even great cars like the Audi R8 Spyder fall privy to recalls and that’s exactly what’s happening now. As of August 22, 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is recalling the 920 R8 Spyder models due to a fuel leak that may lead to a vehicle fire.
"The fuel supply line may contact and rub against the heat shield in the engine compartment," said NHTSA. "This could lead to a small fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could lead to a vehicle fire."
The first complaint came to Volkswagen on June 6, 2011, when a customer announced that he felt a fuel smell after refilling the Audi R8 Spyder.
If you own a 2011-12 Audi R8 Spyder, call Audi at 1-800-822-2834 to have the fuel line inspected and replaced, if necessary.
Taking all the questions of parental responsibilities out of the equation, you have to give some props to this young 11-year old boy and his rather impressive skills in the art of hooning.
As the video shows, this kid was given the chance to get behind the wheel of an Audi R8, probably with an adult’s consent considering that somebody had to hold that video camera as it was recording.
A part of us is very impressed at the hooning skills of this young kid. There’s a good chance that he’s yet to hit puberty, but he’s already got his throttle-oversteering skills down pat. But as responsible adults, we couldn’t help but cringe at the sight of somebody so young doing something inherently dangerous as this. Heck, he didn’t even fasten his seatbelt before he started destroying those patches of grass.
Sure, it’s an empty field, but a sense of responsibility should still be in play here. if you’re going to let somebody that young hoon a car like the R8, the least you can do is make sure that he’s got his seatbelt on. Better if you get inside the car with him. Best if you don’t let him do it at all.
Other than that, sick skills, young buck!
We’ve seen some outstanding safety cars this year ranging from Mercedes, Porsche, and BMW, but this latest safety car seems to have come to fruition straight from our dreams. Patrolling the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 11–12, 2011 at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France will be a beautiful red Audi R8. Guess the R18 race car won’t be the only Audi to star at this event.
The Audi R8 Safety Car will feature the same V10 engine found in the standard model that will deliver 525 HP and can hit a top speed of 197 mph. Some may wonder why a car of this caliber would even need to be patrolling the race instead of starring in it, but there needs to be at least one powerful and speedy model keeping everything in line.
Make sure you keep your eyes open during this weekend’s 24 Hours of Lemans to catch a glimpse of this spectacular safety car!
A lot of people might not feel the need to own a luxury car that effectively has the skeleton of a high-grade military car, but for those few that depend on these cars to help protect them from outside threats, then we present to you Audi’s new high-powered, armored-to-the-hilt, luxury car, the 2011 A8 L Security.
At first glance, the A8 L Security looks exactly like the standard A8, but nothing about this car can be described as ’standard’. It’s got enough safety and security features to make anyone think it’s a fortress on wheels. According to Audi, the A8 L Security complies with the strictest standards of ballistic protection, capable of withstanding some pretty hellacious explosions.
Naturally speaking, Audi takes great lengths to ensure that the building of this car remains as low-key and secretive as possible. The armored car is built in Audi’s plant in Neckarsulm, Germany which is so private that even cell phones are prohibited inside to ensure that all of Audi’s trade secrets remain in-house.
Details on the Audi A8 L Security after the jump.