Uber has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons this year, and this time again they’ve been called out for their shady deals. Uber is facing criticism for their methods again as they allegedly rented out faulty vehicles to drivers in Singapore.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Uber knowingly bought almost 1000 units of faulty Honda Vezel cars in Singapore. These unsafe contraptions were then leased out to Uber drivers in the country.
Honda had issued a recall on the car due to faulty parts but that didn’t deter Uber who continued to purchase the affected models without getting the issue fixed.
The issue has come to light after one of the faulty Honda Vezel contracted under Uber caught fire in the city. No one was hurt.
“As soon as we learned of a Honda Vezel from the Lion City Rental fleet catching fire, we took swift action to fix the problem in close coordination with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority as well as technical experts,” an Uber spokesperson said.
Singapore is known to have one of the highest retail prices on cars and this move indicates that the company not only did this to save money but also to avoid any delays occurring out of the recall and replacement of faulty parts.
Since the beginning of this year, Uber has already dealt with six vehicle recall issues.
“But we acknowledge we could’ve done more — and so we have. We’ve introduced robust protocols and hired three dedicated experts in-house at LCR whose sole job is to ensure we are fully responsive to safety recalls” they added.
According to a senior ranking Uber official, the recall was avoided as it would’ve affected a chunk of Uber drivers in the country since there was no immediate solution to the issue.
The main issue with the Honda Vezel vehicles was that an electrical component, which is supposed to shut off the engine when the car is idle, could overheat, resulting in a fire.
Having used faulty cars knowingly is a pathetic move on the part of the company. Doing this, they not only risk the life of the driver who is at all times driving the car but also of the passenger. The world’s largest ride-hailing app should know better.