Volkswagen has recalled thousands of e-Golf cars recently, citing problems that could cause the vehicles’ motors to cut off during use. This is the third recall of electric vehicles in a month.
Earlier this month, Nissan announced a recall of some of its Leafs, because it needed to reprogram the software that controls their brakes. Renault also recalled its electric Zoe vehicles, in order to replace faulty brake hoses. The problems appear to be unrelated to each other.
However, experts say that the recalls are not surprising, since they all involve new technology. When new vehicles and technology are introduced to the market, it’s normal for there to be a period in which problems are discovered. Fortunately, these problems appear to be fairly normal, although the Volkswagen issue is more serious than the others.
The Volkswagen recall stated that there had been complaints of vehicles stalling unexpectedly. VW acknowledged that their cars’ battery management system could accidently classify a brief internal electrical current surge/peak as a critical battery condition. As a result, the batter would shut down, which in turn would deactivate the motor. In order to fix the vehicles, the battery management software must be updated so that its diagnostic check becomes less sensitive.
Companies that manufacture consumer products have a duty to ensure that the products are safe for their intended use. If they manufacture a product that is unsafe, and a consumer is harmed as a result, the company can be held legally liable for damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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