Uber, the popular ride sharing service that operates in markets across the globe, is said to have knowingly leased faulty and dangerous cars to its drivers.
Uber driver Koh Seng Tian was dropping a passenger off in a residential neighborhood in Singapore when he smelled smoke coming from his Honda (HMC - Get Report) Vezel sport utility vehicle, the Wall Street Journal reports. Eventually flames spewed from the dashboard, melting the interior and cracking a large hole in the windshield.
Honda had recalled the vehicle in April of 2016 because of an issue with an electrical component, which Uber managers in Singapore were away of when the rented the more than 1,000 defective cars to lease to its drivers, the Journal added, citing internal emails.
"We took swift action to fix the problem, in close coordination with Singapore's Land Transport Authority as well as technical experts," Uber spokesman told the Journal. "But we acknowledge we could have done more-and we have done so."
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