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Auto News: Korean VW Ban, RAV4 Recall

by Hagens Berman

08/21/2019

 

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S. Korea to ban Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche cars in emissions scandal

South Korea will ban domestic sales of eight models of Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche diesel cars for violating emissions regulations, the Ministry of Environment said Tuesday.

The ministry said it will also slap fines on Audi Volkswagen Korea and Porsche Korea and seek a prosecution investigation.

The ministry's probe has found that the German automakers manipulated pollution control devices used in those vehicles.

The rigging caused the cars to emit 10 times more nitrogen oxide gas than the level of normal operation, the ministry said. read more »

New Toyota RAV4 Recalled for Faulty Rearview Camera

Video could fail to display in more than 14,000 SUVs

Toyota is recalling 14,215 of its 2019 RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid SUVs because their rearview cameras may not activate when the car is put in Reverse, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

As of May 1, 2018, all new passenger cars, SUVs, and pickups are required to have a 10x20-foot zone of visibility behind them. This is typically achieved by having a built-in rearview camera.

In 2014, NHTSA estimated that an average of 210 people were killed and another 15,000 were injured when cars backed into them. Many of those who were killed were children under the age of 5 who were not visible to drivers, even with the use of rearview and side mirrors. read more »