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Toyota car fault prompts massive recall

Japanese car giant Toyota has announced a recall of more than 2.4 million hybrid vehicles worldwide because of a fault in their systems that could cause them to lose power.

The recall of Prius and Auris cars includes 1.25 million in Japan, 830,000 in North America and 290,000 in Europe, of which about 55,000 are in the UK.

All those affected were produced between October 2008 and November 2014.

Toyota said it was not aware of any actual accidents caused by the fault.

Ford EcoBoost engine problems - Is your car at risk from engine fire fault?

Ford Kuga Fires

FORD will offer refunds to thousands of its UK customers after problems with the EcoBoost engine were exposed.

Ford will compensate thousands of its drivers affected by the recent EcoBoost engine problems which have been exposed.

Thousands of owners could be due a refund over the prove with the car’s engine which could cause it to catch fire.

According to Ford, 44,682 Ecoboost models were affected.

The issue involves a coolant hose fault which could lead to the engine cracking and leaking coolant.

The is what causes the fire and puts drivers at risk.

The 1.0 Ecoboost engines of cars built between October 2011 and October 2013 are this thought to be affected by the fault.

A recall was initially through a Field Service Action (FSA) in March 2015 which Ford claims dealt with 96 per cent affected cars.

A separate recall relating to 15,200 1.6-litre EcoBoost engines was called earlier this year.

This powertrain has been fun in Models such as the Focus, C-Max and Kuga and the Fiesta ST (from 2012).

A report by the BBC (Insight Team) claimed that many Ford drivers were forced to fork out for the repairs.

Ford Kuga Fires

In November 2016 the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) issued eight recalls for passenger cars.

A large recall affects the Ford Kuga. More than 20,000 produced from 2008-2010 allegedly need replacement washer jets, since they may rust and then overheat, causing a localised fire.

Mercedes Benz - Daimler to recall 3 million vehicles to ease diesel doubts

German automaker Mercedes Benz - Daimler will voluntarily recall 3 million Mercedes-Benz brand cars with diesel engines in Europe to improve their emissions performance, the company said Tuesday in the wake of widespread public debate over the future of diesel.

The Stuttgart-based company said it was taking the step to reassure drivers and strengthen confidence in the technology.

Diesels have been under a cloud since Daimler's competitor Volkswagen admitted equipping vehicles with illegal software that meant they passed emissions tests, but then exceeded limits in everyday driving. There has been a push for diesel bans in some German cities because of concerns about levels of nitrogen oxide emitted by diesels.

MPs: UK air pollution is a 'public health emergency'

Air pollution in the UK is a “public health emergency”, according to a cross-party committee of MPs, who say the government needs to do much more including introducing a scrappage scheme for old, dirty diesel vehicles.

The government’s own data shows air pollution causes 40,000-50,000 early deaths a year and ministers were forced to produce a new action plan after losing a supreme court case in 2015.

But the MPs’ heavily critical report, published on Wednesday, says even more action is required to tackle the crisis, such as giving dozens of cities which currently suffer illegal levels of air pollution stronger powers to deter polluting vehicles with charges.

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