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Ford Focus, C-Max Hybrid Recall For Steering Gear Issue: 600 Cars

Ford Focus, C-Max Hybrid Recall For Steering Gear Issue: 600 Cars

Ford is recalling a few hundred 2014 model-year Focus and C-Max Hybrid models to fix a steering-gear issue, although none of the cars had been sold to customers yet. The recall affects just 616 vehicles, 32 of which were delivered to dealers but not sold. Those dealers will perform repairs on the... read more

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2014 Chevrolet Volt - IIHS small front overlap crash test

IIHS Tests Small Cars On Small Overlap: Volt Does OK, Leaf 'Struggles'

One of the toughest crash tests a car can face is the new small-frontal-overlap, introduced by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2012. By crashing a vehicle so... read more July 31, 2014 by 


 
2014 Toyota Prius C

Quiet-Car Rules Must Be Delayed, Automakers Say: NHTSA Not Ready

The concern that very quiet hybrid and electric cars may pose a danger to unaware pedestrians has been around for a decade or more now. Back in 2010, Congress required the... read more July 25, 2014 by 


 
2013 Acura ILX Hybrid, New York City, July 2012

Recall For 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Headlamp Problem

A recall has been issued for 2013 and 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid sedans--along with their gasoline counterparts--to fix a problem with their headlamps. Under certain conditions... read more June 25, 2014 by 


 
2014 Fiat 500e

2013-2014 Fiat 500e Electric Cars Recalled For Possible Coolant Leak

A recall has been issued for certain 2013 and 2014 Fiat 500e electric cars to address the possibility of coolant leaks. The recall will correct an issue with the affected... read more June 11, 2014 by 


 
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012

2013-2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid Recalled Over Airbag Software Issue

A recall has been issued for 2013 and 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid vehicles, to fix faulty airbag software. The recall will correct an issue with software in about 65,000 C-Max... read more May 13, 2014 by 


 
2013 Nissan Leaf

Electric Cars Fine On Electromagnetic Emissions, Says EU Study

When new products arrive, they're often tested for safety to ensure they're suitable for a given market. You wouldn't want a child's toy to have sharp edges, for example--so... read more May 12, 2014 by 


 
2014 Volkswagen Jetta

VW Passat, Jetta, Beetle Sales Suspended Over Transmission Leaks

Volkswagen has told dealerships across the country to halt the sale of some of its vehicles while it investigates transmission leaks. 2014 Volkswagen Passat, Jetta, Beetle... read more April 10, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Model S added battery shield - half-tube, black titanium plate, T-section, from front to rear

Life With Tesla Model S: Battery Safety Shield In Detail (Photos)

When I first heard last week that Tesla was offering Model S owners a free retrofit that would install its new underbody shield and deflector plates, I called my local Tesla... read more April 10, 2014 by 


 
2014 Cadillac ELR

2014 Cadillac ELR Recalled For Stability-Control Software Issue

General Motors is recalling most of its 2014 Cadillac ELR luxury range-extended electric coupes for faulty stability-control software. The recall will correct a problem with... read more March 31, 2014 by 


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

NHTSA Closes Probe Into Tesla Model S Fires: "Defect Not Identified"

It looks like Tesla Motors' brief firefight is now over. Not only has the company announced the fitment of new parts designed to deflect road debris, the cause of two fire... read more March 29, 2014 by 


 
2014 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S To Get Titanium Battery Shield, Plus Deflectors: BREAKING

Tesla Motors announced this morning that it will fit three new underbody components to all Model S electric cars to add further protection against impacts from road debris... read more March 28, 2014 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S electric sport sedan [photo by owner David Noland]

Life With Tesla Model S: UPDATE On Pedal Placement Problem

Two days ago, I described in this article a frightening incident in my Tesla Model S. Approaching a downhill intersection, I inadvertently stepped on both the brake and... read more March 26, 2014 by 


 
2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013

2013-2014 Nissan Leaf Electric Cars Recalled For Airbag Sensor Issue

Nissan is recalling 2013 and 2014 model-year Leaf electric cars to fix an airbag sensor software issue. The recall will correct faulty software in approximately 29,165 Leafs... read more March 26, 2014 by 


 
2014 Nissan Leaf

Electric Car Risk: Different, Not Worse, Says Top NHTSA Regulator

Are electric cars as safe as cars with internal-combustion engines? That's been the subject of much debate--not to mention inaccurate media coverage--but the truth may entail... read more January 22, 2014 by 


 
2013 Chevrolet Spark IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test.

Very Small Cars Fail New IIHS Small-Overlap Frontal Crash Test

People like to joke that old American cars must be very safe because of the sheer amount of metal surrounding the driver, but that's oversimplification. At least, in most... read more January 22, 2014 by 


 
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