AUTOS: A Shifty Audi Gets a Recall

A Shifty Audi Gets a Recall

The sleek Audi 5000, a $20,000-plus import, has run into such a mire of controversy that last week the West German automaker recalled all such models with automatic transmissions sold in the U.S. from 1978 to 1986 -- a total of 250,000 cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which asked for the recall, has logged some 700 complaints that the Audi model suddenly accelerated when the driver shifted from park into reverse or drive. Some 230 injuries and five deaths are blamed on the problem.

The rising toll of accidents has seriously hurt the company's U.S. image: sales in 1986...

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