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1978-1986 Audi 5000

Long before Toyota's problems, unintended acceleration was giving the luxury brand Audi fits, with a series of car recalls of its 5000 model that nearly drove it from American shores. In the early 1980s, the government began receiving reports claiming the Audi would suddenly and uncontrollably accelerate after being shifted out of "park."

Car recalls in 1982, 1983 and 1987 attempted to address the problem. The number of cars recalled wasn't huge by historical standards, coming to 389,102 cars, but the fault grabbed headlines nationwide and damaged Audi sales.


 

 

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