VW recalls Beetles; Ford to sell 3-cylinder Fiestas

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VW recalls Beetles

DETROIT —Volkswagen is recalling about 2,500 Beetles because the front passenger seat air bag could inflate and injure a small child.

The recall includes 2012-13 Beetles with leather sport seats. If the seat gets wet, the module that’s supposed to detect a child seat could fail. The air bag could go off in a crash and hurt the child.

Volkswagen says no one has been injured. Cars are supposed to detect child seats and switch off air bags automatically.

The problem was discovered in routine factory inspections. The affected cars were built from February through August.

Volkswagen will replace the seat module free of charge. The company will notify owners when the parts are ready.

Ford to bring 3-cylinder

DEARBORN, MICH. — Ford is bringing its smallest engine to the U.S. in the race to meet stricter government fuel economy rules.

The company says the 2014 Fiesta will be the first North American vehicle to get Ford’s new 1-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine when it goes on sale next year. The 1-liter has been sold in the European version of the Focus sedan since March.

Ford isn’t releasing fuel economy numbers yet but says the 1-liter Fiesta will be the most fuel-efficient nonhybrid available in the U.S. It should get well above 40 mpg.

“This is truly a dynamo of an engine,” says Bob Fascetti, Ford’s director of global engine engineering.

Car companies are under pressure to increase the fuel efficiency of their cars. President Obama ordered them to double their average fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2025. One of the easiest ways to do that is use proven technology from Europe, where gas is more expensive and customers place a premium on fuel economy.


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