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Tesla Model X recall to replace third-row seat backs after European safety test

Tesla Model X recall to replace third-row seat backs after European safety test

Tesla Motors will recall 2,700 Model X electric crossover utility vehicles to replace seat backs in the third row after a recliner unexpectedly slipped during seat-strength tests. The vehicles in question were built prior to March 26, and are all located in the U.S. Tesla said in a letter e-mailed... read more

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2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

2011-2015 VW Touareg Hybrid SUVs Recalled For Battery Tray Fix

The recently-discontinued Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid SUV is being recalled to address an issue with the tray that holds its battery pack. VW needs to fit a drain to the... read more February 16, 2016 by


 
Consumer Reports tests Tesla Model S "Summon"

Tesla Adds Safety Provisions To 'Summon' Self-Driving Feature

Tesla is deploying software modifications for its "Summon" autonomous-driving feature in response to criticism from Consumer Reports. After testing the system on its own... read more February 16, 2016 by


 
Spoof film shot with Toyota Prius backup camera screencap

Toyota Prius Backup Camera: Newest Tool For Film Auteurs?

Cameras are virtually everywhere these days, making it easier to record images than ever before. They're small enough to be hoisted aloft by drones, and some filmmakers are... read more January 24, 2016 by


 
2013 Tesla Model S owned by David Noland, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2015

All 90,000 Tesla Model S Electric Cars Recalled For Seat-Belt Check

The news emerged late last week: Tesla Motors is recalling all 90,000-plus Model S electric cars it's built to check that their seat belts were properly connected. The recall... read more November 23, 2015 by


 
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrids Recalled For Software Fix

Honda is recalling certain 2014 and 2015 Accord Hybrid sedans to address a software issue that may disable the cars' gasoline engines. A defect in the cell voltage sensors... read more October 9, 2015 by


 
2016 Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X: The New Safest SUV?

The Tesla Motors [NSDQ: TSLA] Model X SUV has been revealed in production form; and while the packaging and performance of this new electric SUV are mostly as expected, there... read more September 30, 2015 by


 
2016 Honda HR-V

2016 Honda HR-V Small Crossover Utility Gets Highest Safety Scores

The 2016 Honda HR-V crossover has the highest overall safety score for government crash tests. Federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash-test scores for the Fit-based... read more September 13, 2015 by


 
2015 Honda Fit, test drive around Ann Arbor, Michigan, Apr 2014

2015 Honda Fit Recall: Concern Over Potential Stalling

Honda will recall around 18,000 of its new Fit hatchbacks due to concern about the potential for stalling. The problem is associated with the affected cars' plug top ignition... read more September 4, 2015 by


 
2015 Toyota Prius C IIHS small-overlap front crash test

Latest Toyota Prius C Dubbed IIHS Top Safety Pick After Updates

The 2015 Toyota Prius C hybrid subcompact has now become a "IIHS Top Safety Pick" among new cars, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The crash-test... read more August 10, 2015 by


 
2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150 Aluminum-Body Pickup: Mixed IIHS Safety Scores

It was one of the biggest questions about the 2015 Ford F-150: How would the truck's aluminum cab and pickup bed fare in today's rigorous safety testing? While aluminum has... read more August 7, 2015 by


 
2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid

Ford C-Max Hybrids Recalled To Fix Engine Shut-Off Problem

Ford is recalling 2015 C-Max hybrids to address a software glitch, as part of a larger recall of more than 432,000 2015 models. The software-related malfunction in the... read more July 6, 2015 by


 
2015 Tesla Model S 70D in new Ocean Blue color

Tesla To Launch Automated Passing Function, Timing Still Uncertain

When Tesla unveiled the all-wheel drive Model S "D" variants last fall, it also promised a suite of automated features under the "Autopilot" name. The company has been... read more May 15, 2015 by


 
2015 Ford F-150

Aluminum-Body 2015 Ford F-150 Gets 5-Star NHTSA Rating For Crash Safety

Cutting weight can be one of the most effective tactics to increase fuel economy, but it doesn't necessarily come cheap. The 2015 Ford F-150 pickup, with its aluminum body... read more April 16, 2015 by


 
2015 Kia Soul EV First Drive  -  Portland  -  November 2014

2015 Kia Soul EV Electric Car Recalled For Fragile Accelerator Pedal

Another recall for a low-volume electric car: 2015 Kia Soul EV tall wagons--as well as a much higher number of 2014 and 2015 Soul gasoline models--are being recalled to... read more March 16, 2015 by


 
Tesla Model S in Albuquerque's 'snowstorm' during NY-to-California road trip  [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Model S Double-Pedal Behavior Still Inconsistent: A Safety Plea To Elon Musk

Last summer, I wrote an article patting Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on the back for being so responsive to Model S electric-car owners. Of whom I am one. But in 2015? Not so... read more March 16, 2015 by


 

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