According to the most recent data released by auto manufacturer Volkswagen, nearly 11 million vehicles built by the German auto company may be subject to recalls related to the "defeat devices" installed on these models. The recall follows a violation notice issued to Volkswagen by the Environmental Protection agency this month in regards to these devices that are used to trick emission standards tests. The devices use software that runs complex algorithms during the emissions test, making diesel engines seem compliant with the law, when really this is the only time the full emission control is functional.
Honda recently announced a voluntary recall for nearly 900,000 of its Odyssey minivans for potential fire risks. The automaker reported that the recall affects 886,815 Odyssey models from the 2005 to 2010 model years due to problems with a cover on the vehicle’s fuel strainer. Honda says that the cover of the strainer, located at the top of the gas tank, could crack over time and lead to a fuel leak, increasing the risk of fire.
General Motors recently announced that they plan to upgrade the steel structure and liquid cooling system in Chevrolet Volt models to alleviate growing concerns about the Volt being prone to catching fire after severe accidents. Each Volt features a 400-pound lithium-ion battery. In some accidents, the impact has caused the coolant system for the battery to rupture, resulting in the battery becoming overheated and catching fire. After receiving complaints about the fires, the federal government performed some safety tests on the Volt. During testing in June 2011, a Volt caught fire after a crash that targeted the battery and cooling system. Another Volt caught fire in November 2011 after a government crash test, which prompted the investigation into the safety of Volt models.
Just days ago, the struggling General Motors company recalled over 1.5 million vehicles for a strange reason. It turns out that a small company called Microheat provided a washer fluid heating system for installation in all kinds of GM vehicles. Cadillacs, Buicks, Hummers, Chevrolets and other GM models all have this system, which, according to recent reports, can overheat and cause a fire in the event of a short circuit.