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Tesla Autopilot investigation closed by NHTSA, will continue to monitor

Tesla Autopilot investigation closed by NHTSA, will continue to monitor

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) closed its investigation into the fatal Florida crash last May of a Tesla using the company's Autopilot driver-assist system. The Model S in question collided with a tractor trailer that turned left in front of it, killing the driver, who... read more

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2016 Tesla Model S

Tesla Autopilot crash probe highlights NHTSA weakness in electronic systems

The May 7 fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S driving on Autopilot and ensuing National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation have generated intense... read more July 13, 2016 by


 
Elio Motors prototype at New York Auto Show press conference, Apr 2015

NHTSA To Alter Vehicle Code To Prevent 3-Wheelers Like Elio

Elio Motors is still working to put its three-wheeled, "84-mpg," two-seat car into production, which is proving to be quite a task. The company turned to a "crowdfunding"... read more January 7, 2016 by


 
2015 BMW i3

'Quiet Car' Rules To Make Hybrids, Electric Cars Noisy Delayed, Again

Federal regulations that would require hybrids and electric cars to emit pedestrian-warning noises have been delayed, yet again. Because these cars operate near-silently on... read more December 1, 2015 by


 
2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Senator: NHTSA Should Rescind Fuel-Economy Credits For Illegal VW Diesels

The revelation that Volkswagen installed illegal "defeat device" software on 482,000 diesel cars sold in the U.S. has some looking back on any benefits VW may have gained... read more November 17, 2015 by


 
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV  -  Driven, July 2014 (NWAPA Drive Revolution)

Quiet-Car Noise Rules For Hybrid, Electric Cars To Be Finalized This Fall

Hybrids and electric cars don't produce much powertrain noise running in electric-only mode. The smooth, near-silent ride is a perk for drivers and passengers, but some... read more July 31, 2015 by


 
George Blankenship  -  Tesla Motors

Bad Day For Tesla: Sales VP Blankenship Out, NHTSA Threat

There must be days where Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk feels his multiple burdens more acutely than others. Today may be one, because yesterday was not a good day for Tesla... read more November 22, 2013 by


 
Third Tesla Model S catches fire after hitting road debris. Photo via Twitter user @NASHVILLAIN_

Tesla Fires: NHTSA Will Probe, Warranty To Cover Fire Damage, Ride-Height Tweak

It's been quite a month for Tesla Motors and its CEO, Elon Musk. In the wake of three fires in Model S electric luxury sedans, a tsunami of media coverage about those fires... read more November 19, 2013 by


 
Tesla Model S in flames near Kent, Washington [frame from YouTube video]

NHTSA: No Further Probe Of Tesla Model S Electric-Car Fire

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has decided not to investigate the first fire involving a Tesla Model S luxury electric car. The agency said it... read more October 28, 2013 by


 
Tesla Model X

Tesla Takes The Lead On Dumping Door Mirrors For Video Cameras

The rear-view mirror has now been with us exactly 100 years, having first been introduced in 1914, and it hasn't changed much in all that time. It's a small area of mirrored... read more August 12, 2013 by 39


 
2012 Coda Sedan

2012 Coda Vehicles Recalled For Airbag Flaw

Coda is one of America's newest auto brands, and now, it's undergoing a time-honored rite of passage: its first official recall. According to a bulletin from the National... read more August 27, 2012 by 2


 
2012 Fisker Karma during road test, Los Angeles, Feb 2012

NHTSA Opens “Field Inquiry” Into Texas 2012 Fisker Karma Fire

Last week, we told you about a house fire in Texas on May 3 involving a 2012 Fisker Karma luxury Sedan, which fire investigators believed to be the cause of the blaze... read more May 18, 2012 by 5


 
2003 Toyota Prius

U.S. DoT Sued For Toyota Prius Unintended Acceleration Documents

Five days ago, when we told you the National Academy of Sciences was backing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s findings into unintended acceleration... read more January 25, 2012 by 3


 
2012 Mercedes-Benz S 350 Bluetec

Mercedes-Benz Recall Clean-Diesel Cars For Fuel Leak (Again)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just published details of a recall affecting 6,872 Mercedes-Benz clean-diesel cars. According to documents... read more October 17, 2011 by 0


 
Renault Twizy Z.E. electric vehicle

2012 Renault Twizy Price Announced -- But Will It Ever Come To The U.S.?

A few years ago the idea that mainstream european automakers would be focusing so much effort on minuscule electric urban runabouts would have been met with derision. But a... read more October 5, 2011 by 9


 
2011 Volkswagen Jetta

More Volkswagen Diesel Woes: Feds Investigate 2011 Jetta TDI

Volkswagen's TDI diesel engines have long attracted fans and repeat buyers. But now a second investigation this year into the reliability of its TDI engines may cast a shadow... read more August 8, 2011 by 3


 

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