Watch a 2019 Volkswagen Passat Fail Miserably During Chinese Crash Testing
If you’re from China and you’re in the market for a new four-door sedan, you might want to steer clear of the Volkswagen Passat. The German sedan of Chinese roots was recently subjected to a safety test by China’s C-IASI (that’s the country’s equivalent of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), and to the surprise of many, the Passat recorded one of the worst performances of any car in the crash test.
A video of the C-IASI’s crashworthiness assessment shows the Passat undergoing several crash tests that end in a similar fashion: the sedan gets beaten up pretty badly. The Chinese Passat’s poor performance in the crash tests has bought into question the quality of the model relative to Passat models that aren’t built in China, including Passat models that have received good safety ratings in American crash tests. Is this a case of one Passat being much safer than the other?
Volkswagen’s problems related to its diesel emissions scandal isn’t going away anytime soon. In fact, it might have just gotten worse. According to a press release issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, VW is once again being tagged with a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act after it was reportedly discovered that its bigger diesel engines also had devices that were installed to cheat emissions tests.
This discovery could lead to another bruising black eye to the German automaker and it figures to get even worse now that Audi and Porsche have been thrown into the mix. The new NOV alleges that Volkswagen, as the parent company of VW, Audi, and Porsche, installed a similar defeat device in a number of 2014 to 2016 model year VW, Audi, and Porsche light duty diesel models equipped with 3.0-liter six-cylinder engines. The objective of these defeat devices is similar to that found on the four-cylinder diesel models and that’s to intentionally mask the engine’s emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) during emissions tests. In real-driving, these engines were found to emit up to nine times the EPA’s standard.
The NOV also pointed to the discovery of these new violations, which happened after the first NOV for its 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engines was issued to Volkswagen back in September 18, 2015. The EPA followed that up by testing all 2015 and 2016 light duty diesel models available in the U.S using updated testing procedures specifically designed to detect these defeat devices. These tests, which were performance by the EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory, CARB’s Haagen-Smit Laboratory, and Environment Canada’s River Road Laboratory, unearthed more models that had their own defeat devices.
Among the models affected in the new NOV include the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne, and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5. The NOV is approximating that over 10,000 diesel passenger cars already sold in the US since MY 2014 are affected, as are an unknown number 2016 models.
For its part, Volkswagen has denied any knowledge of this new cheating fiasco, explaining that the cars the EPA is referring to now "had a software function which had not been adequately described in the application process." This function, according to VW, is not capable of altering emissions characteristics in a "forbidden manner."
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[The Volkswagen Group is under fire after the EPA recently discovered that some of its diesel-powered models have been manipulated to comply with emissions standards only during testing. We have yet to receive official confirmation of the details, but the Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Beetle, Volkswagen Passat and Audi A3 have all been mentioned so far, dating back to as early as the 2009 model year. The vehicles were allegedly programmed to run without emissions controls unless they are being tested.
In a recent press release, Volkswagen’s board of management has apologized for breaking the public’s trust and said violation of internal regulations or laws would not be tolerated. VW has said that it will comply will all agencies with transparency and urgency, and has ordered an external investigation. A recall will be issued in the near future to reprogram the affected vehicles and bring them up to U.S. standards. At this time, we are unaware if vehicles outside of the U.S. are affected. We will keep you updated as more details come forward.
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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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Dozens of new cars get tested each year by the main European crash testing organization, EuroNCAP, but only a small percentage of those vehicles achieve truly high scores. This happens in part because EuroNCAP has kept improving its testing procedures almost on a yearly basis, with the newest requirements in 2014 involving autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems and other technologies part of the "Safety Assist" criteria, which is a branch of active safety.
A couple of novelties happened during the crash tests that took place in 2014, with EuroNCAP testing no less than five models available with either full-electric or hybrid propulsion. The second premiere was probably the fact that all the so-called Large Family cars tested in 2014 achieved the top five star rating, with the only difference between them being the overall score. With that being said, EuroNCAP has just released a list of the five highest performing cars in terms of overall score, spread around five different model categories: Supermini, Small Off-Road 4x4, Small MPV, Small Family Car and Large Family Car.
As it happens, only one Supermini achieved a five-star rating, and therefore the highest overall score in its category, despite no less than 14 cars in its segment having been crash tested during 2014. Pretty much the same situation happened in the Small MPV category, where only one car received the highest rating — over half of the vehicles tested scoring a rather shameful three stars. Interestingly enough, the Tesla Model S was surpassed by the Lexus NX hybrid as far as the best-scoring alternatively fueled vehicles go, albeit by only a small margin. The five best scoring cars of 2014 at EuroNCAP are the Skoda Fabia, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan, Nissan Qashqai and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
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It seems General Motors is not the only automaker busy recalling cars these days. German manufacturer Volkswagen has ordered U.S. and Canadian dealers to halt sales for about 800 units of its 2015 Golf and Golf GTI hatches, quoting front suspension issues. Sure, 800 cars is nothing compared to the millions of vehicles GM has to fix, but we’re talking about a brand-new and highly acclaimed model.
Although Volkswagen has sent notifications to stop 813 Golfs from leaving U.S. and Canadian dealer lots, 1,634 hatches affected by this problem have been already sold to North American customers. The stop-sale order sent to dealerships says the "front stabilizer links in the affected vehicles were installed with too little torque," which could cause them to come loose detach entirely, affecting the car’s steering, Automotive News reports.
According to Jalopnik, the German automaker plans to notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the defect, meaning owners will soon receive a recall notice. The affected hatches will have their faulty front stabilizer links replaced at no cost to the customers. Volkswagen is not aware of any crashes and injuries as of 07/08/2014.
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That didn’t took too long, did it? Volkswagen USA has just announced a voluntary recall for 2012 to 2013 Beetle vehicles, manufactured from February 2012, through August 2012, and equipped with leather sport seats. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), if the right front passenger seat gets wet, the occupant control module may not properly detect the presence of a child restraint installed in the seat.
In this case, during an accident, the airbag will not turn off and the child secured in the child seat may be at an increased risk for serious injury.
As a result, NHTSA advices everyone driving such a model to call their local dealers. Volkswagen will replace the control modules, free of charge, but until this point VW has not provided a notification schedule for the recall. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987 or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).
Apparently, even the tall and mighty are not immune to the auto world’s version of the flu: recalls.
Volkswagen, one of the biggest automakers in the world has issued a huge recall involving five of its models that were manufactured during a five-year period from 2006 to 2010. The problem appears to be a small plastic tab on the windshield washer fluid reservoir that could chafe against the car’s fuel supply line. The models affected by this problem include the Volkswagen Jetta, the Jetta Sportwagen, the Golf, and the Rabbit.
Meanwhile, another model – the New Beetle – has it’s own set of problems involving a fastening clamp on its hydraulic hose that could also chafe against the car’s fuel supply line.
These problems, if not treated immediately, could cause a fuel leak and at worst, the cars could also end up catching fire.
All in all, 228,236 models are affected by this problem. For their part, Volkswagen has already begun initiatives for the recall, which is expected to begin no later than January 31, 2011. If you have the Jetta, Golf, and Rabbit, service technicians will remove the plastic tab from the washer fluid reservoir. On the flip side, if you have the Beetle, service technicians will adjust the fastening clamp’s position, steering it clear from the car’s fuel supply line.
Should you have any questions regarding the recall, you can call Volkswagen at the 1-800-822-8987.
Days after BMW announced that they would be recalling their 1-Series over possible fire risks, Volkswagen is joining them on the sidelines by recalling over 15,000 of their very own Routan minivans that were manufactured between June 2008 and July 2009 because of similar fire risks that could potentially lead to something much more catastrophic.
According to Volkswagen, the problem with the Routan minivans stems from the door hinges on some models that could tear because of wire insulation and thus, could lead to a short circuit and, worse case scenario, could possibly start a fire.
The Routan’s problems have also plagued the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town & Country with which Chrysler issued a similar recall earlier this month that covered about 284,831 units of the two models.
Volkswagen has already announced that owners of the Routan will have their vans inspected - and if necessary, repaired - including both the wire assembly and the sliding door power drive unit, as well as two harnesses that will be tied together and be rerouted under the sliding door weather strip. All repairs will also come at no expense to the vehicle owner.