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

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 incidents towards the end of 2013, but the NHTSA has now closed its probe into the fires--absolving the Model S of blame. Last... read more

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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 

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ

2014 Chevy, GMC Pickups Recalled For Cylinder-Deactivation Issue

General Motors' redesigned 2014 full-size pickup trucks have only been on the market for a few months, but now they're being called back to the dealer to fix a potential... read more January 13, 2014 by 

2012, 2013, and 2014 Toyota Prius

2014 Toyota Prius Safety Rating Lowered To Four Stars From Five

Sometimes it's hard to keep up with evolving government regulations. The 2014 Toyota Prius hybrid has just been downgraded from five stars to four under the Federal New Car... read more January 12, 2014 by 

Tesla Model S

Tesla To Upgrade Electric-Car Wall Chargers For Further Fire Protection

Tesla Motors is in the midst of another trial by fire. The company faced public scrutiny after three accident-related Model S fires last fall, and now it's upgrading... read more January 10, 2014 by 

2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, New York City, June 2013

2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Recall: Transmission Sensor Issue

Slightly more than 7,000 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sedans from the 2013 and 2014 model years are being recalled for a potential problem that could allow the car to be shifted into... read more January 1, 2014 by 

Tesla Model S battery pack, from U.S. patent 8286743 for Vehicle Battery Pack Ballistic Shield

How Tesla May Beef Up Its Model S Battery Protection System

Unless your name is Brinks, you rarely hear the words "armor" and "car" mentioned in the same sentence. But two recent widely-publicized fires in the Tesla Model S electric... read more November 13, 2013 by 

2013 Tesla Model S

Tesla's Elon Musk: Model S Fires Overhyped, Car Is Safe

Recent fires of Tesla Model S electric cars aren't worrying the company's CEO, Elon Musk--at least publicly. In a recent CNBC interview (via Forbes), the Tesla Motors... read more November 13, 2013 by 

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

Tesla Fires: What We Know, And What We Need To Find Out

There have now been three separate fires among roughly 20,000 Tesla Model S electric luxury sedans on the world's highways. The most recent one, two days ago, seems to have... read more November 8, 2013 by 

2013 Ford Focus Electric

Ford To Recall Focus Electrics For Potential Power Loss Issue

Ford has announced that it's to recall 2,600 Focus Electric models to rectify a fault that could lead to a loss of power while driving. According to The Detroit News, the... read more November 1, 2013 by 

2014 Toyota Prius V

Toyota Prius V Loses 'Recommended' Rating From Consumer Reports

Receiving a 'Recommended' rating from the journalists at Consumer Reports isn't the only automotive accolade to aim for, but it's certainly one of the biggest. Losing that... read more October 29, 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 

2012 Toyota Prius V

Toyota Prius V Fails IIHS Automatic-Braking Safety Test, Owners Sue

Toyota is in hot water over a safety system that isn't performing as advertised. Last month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released its ratings of... read more October 11, 2013 by 

2012 Tesla Model S Signature

Owner Of Tesla Model S That Burned Still Loves Car, Will Buy Another

Since a Tesla Model S electric car caught fire in Washington State last week, Tesla Motors [NSDQ;TSLA] has been trying to put out a fire. It's working to contain any... read more October 7, 2013 by 

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012

Ford C-Max Hybrids Recalled To Add Missing Door Chime

While hybrids and plug-in hybrids are known for silent running, in the case of the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi, a certain kind of quietness is a bad thing. Ford is... read more October 7, 2013 by 


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