Toyota Prius drivers in Georgia have been surprised recently as their cars have been failing the state mandated annual emissions test. The test is usually done by plugging the emissions analyzer directly into the car’s onboard diagnostics module, but it turns out that the software used for the test is incompatible with the Prius. Normally, they would be able to stick a probe in the tailpipe exhaust, but at idle, the Prius cuts off the engine before the test can complete - thereby failing it.
In other car news, Nissan issued a recall this week for 686,500 Altimas and Sentras owing to a software glitch that causes the cars to stall at low speeds.
But our favorite story of the week comes from Wauwatosa, WI. The local KMart store was running a promotion, giving away $10 to anyone who opened a new credit card account. But a glitch in the approval software meant that everyone instantly received $4,000 credit, even if they didn’t qualify. Word quickly spread about the “free money”, and pretty soon, in the rush to get application forms, a fight broke out. Witness Sylvester Wilson said “It was a nice brawl. It came from inside to outside. If you go up there, you’ll see hair, earrings, all pulled out on the ground.”