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Dangerous Defects in Audis and Jeeps (archive)

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Posted by 20/20 on February 15, 2000 at 09:18:46:

In Reply to: Second that. mo' posted by dyp on February 14, 2000 at 17:11:43:

: I second that BS call-it's also true that some Jeeps made in the late 80's also did not have the system that prevents a car from going in gear unless the foot is on the brake and there were quite a few of the same incidents as the Audi's, but just not as publicized since Audi was playing the foreign scapegoat so well. Damn shame. Well, I guess now we can say Audi's pissed and they are coming out of the corner fighting, because their new lineup is pretty amazing. If they nabbed a BMW suspension guru, it could get ugly for bimmerphiles (myself included).

: dyp

: : : Audis were under fire in the 1980's for the acceleration problem. Some of it was due to driver error, but ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE. Cruise control may be to blame.

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: : According to both the NHTSA and the Canadian equivalent ALL cases were due to driver error, related to the fact that the brake and accelerator pedals are fairly close together. In fact, the rate of unintented acceleration incidents in the 5000 was only slightly higher than that of same year Buicks. The Audi that 60 minutes demoed had been extensively modified to "simulate" the problem. Audi should have sued 60 minutes - they did successfully sue one of the organizations that was trying to force them to recall all their cars.

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