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Consumer Reports restores some points to Tesla electric cars for automatic braking

Consumer Reports restores some points to Tesla electric cars for automatic braking

Tesla had long been a darling of Consumer Reports magazine since the time the Model S electric car was first revealed, and it consistently scored well in the magazine's tests. However, when Tesla pulled its automatic emergency braking feature when it switched to all-new vehicle sensors and... read more

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2017 BMW i3

BMW i3 plug-in hybrid recall to fix fuel-vapor problem, fire concerns

BMW is recalling more than 19,000 i3 REx extended-range electric cars due to concerns over the potential for fires to be started by fuel vapors. The REx uses a small gasoline... read more February 22, 2017 by


 
2017 Toyota Mirai

Toyota Mirai update to fix output voltage on fuel cell electronics

Every Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car sold anywhere in the world will soon be recalled to address an issue with its onboard electronics. The problem lies with the output... read more February 21, 2017 by


 
Size comparison of electric-car charging stations (EVSEs) on sale today, March 2016

Electric-car charging station safety: what you need to know

Like any consumer product, it's important to consider safety when buying a charging station for an electric car. While plugging the vehicle into a station is straightforward... read more February 10, 2017 by


 
2017 Tesla Model S

BMW i3, Tesla Model S electric cars miss top IIHS safety ratings

Two of the most prominent electric cars have missed out on the highest award given for vehicle safety by the influential IIHS: Top Safety Pick+. Funded by the insurance... read more February 1, 2017 by


 
Tesla Autopilot

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... read more January 20, 2017 by


 
2008 Smart Fortwo

Probe into Smart ForTwo engine fires started by NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now investigating the potential for engine fires in certain Smart ForTwo city cars. Approximately 43,000 cars built... read more December 27, 2016 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

Now Toyota can make electric cars: it's tamed lithium-ion batteries, it says

Toyota is one of the world's three largest carmakers, along with General Motors and Volkswagen Group. Having placed its bets for the future of zero-emission transport on... read more October 31, 2016 by


 
Tesla Autopilot

How safe is Tesla Autopilot? Parsing the statistics (as suggested by Elon Musk)

One of the tools Elon Musk and Tesla Motors have used to defend the safety of its Autopilot software is the dark and perplexing art of statistics. After a fatal... read more October 13, 2016 by


 
2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco

2016-17 Toyota Prius hybrids recalled for emergency-brake issue

The latest generation of Toyota Prius hybrid cars is being recalled to address an issue with their emergency brakes. The Prius was redesigned for the 2016 model year and is... read more October 13, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Volt

IIHS names 2017 Chevrolet Volt a Top Safety Pick+

In the most recent round of crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2017 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid performed quite well. The... read more September 15, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Tesla Autopilot 8.0 upgrade would have averted fatal crash, Musk says

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has a history of making bold claims about the capabilities of his company's products, and the latest version of Autopilot is no different. Over the... read more September 14, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

How many different groups are investigating Tesla Autopilot crashes?

The fatal May 7 crash involving a Tesla Model S driving on Autopilot continues to occupy news coverage, as well as garnering attention from regulatory agencies. The National... read more July 20, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

2016 Nissan Leaf electric cars recalled for passenger airbag fault

Certain 2016 Nissan Leaf electric cars are being recalled to address an airbag fault. The affected cars may suffer from an electrical problem that could disable... read more July 14, 2016 by


 
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


 
2016 Mazda CX-3

IIHS small-SUV headlight ratings show how bad most lights actually are

It's something that a lot of auto reviewers know, but maybe haven't focused on: most new-car headlights just aren't that good. Now the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety... read more July 12, 2016 by


 

 
 

 
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