VW May Face Recall Over Carcinogen in Battery Chargers
Volkswagen AG may be ordered to recall 124,000 of its plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles because their high-voltage charging systems contain a carcinogenic part, Wirtschaftswoche reports.
Germany’s Federal Transport Authority (KBA) is reviewing the matter after being alerted about the issue by VW last month. A would-be recall would involve hybrid and electric models made over the past six years and sold under the group’s Audi, Porsche and VW brands.
The problem is a component that contains 0.008 grams of cadmium, a so-called heavy metal that can cause cancer. The material is well isolated within the chargers and poses no threat to users. The concern is that the material could be released when the vehicle is scrapped.
VW says its production operations have since replaced the part with a cadmium-free component made by another supplier.
The 2016 model is all-new. As in platform and everything else. And the platform—which will have global use—was developed in North America.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.
The engineers at Munro & Associates have taken a perfectly sound BMW i3 and taken it apart. Completely apart. And they are impressed with what they’ve discovered about how the EV is engineered.