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Auto News: VW, Ford Recall

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Volkswagen 'misused' me, accused executive tells judge

Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt, who is due to be sentenced this week in connection with the carmaker’s emissions scandal, has written to the judge to say he feels “misused” by the German company.

Schmidt pleaded guilty in August in the U.S. District Court in Detroit to wrongdoing connected to a massive diesel emissions scandal that has cost Volkswagen as much as $30 billion. He is due to be sentenced on Dec. 6. read more »

Ford Announces Multiple Recalls Affecting Various Models

Ford has issued two safety recalls, two safety compliance recalls, and has expanded an existing recall in North America.

Ford is aware of three accidents, one with injuries, associated with the issue, which consists of unique mud accumulation in the rear frame pocket where the rear suspension toe link attaches to the frame. That mud can impede articulation of the toe link, resulting in a toe link fracture, causing noise and unusual vehicle handling characteristics and increasing the risk of a crash. To fix the issue, dealers are replacing the left- and right-hand rear suspension toe links with a redesigned unit. read more »