Fire risk

  • 2017 BMW i3

    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 engine to charge its battery pack, offering a longer range than the all-electric i3 when both gasoline and electric power are used. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the i3's fuel-tank vent line may rub against the ribbed wire protection sleeve of the battery positive cable. DON'T MISS: Toyota Mirai recall to fix output voltage on fuel cell electronics Over time, the vent line may chafe and...

  • 2008 Smart Fortwo
    Probe into Smart ForTwo engine fires started by NHTSA

    The NHTSA is investigating eight reported engine fires in 2008 and 2009 Smart ForTwo city cars.

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

  • 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, which caused a pair of fires in its cars last fall. Those two Model S cars were severely damaged when their battery packs...

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

    Tesla will follow up a December software update with upgraded charger connectors to prevent overheating.

  • 'Revenge of the Electric Car' premiere: Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on red carpet
    Tesla's Elon Musk Expects NHTSA To Clear Model S In Fires

    It's been a bumpy few months for electric car maker, Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA]. While enjoying the highs of high customer satisfaction and continued praise for the Model S electric sedan, the company has also endured high scrutiny for a trio of accident-related fires in its vehicles. CEO Elon Musk...

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

    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, and a falling stock price--which may or may not be directly related--the company went on the offensive yesterday. MORE: Tesla Fires: What We Know, And What We Need To Find Out Musk posted a long message on the company's website, saying that Tesla was taking three separate actions to address the fires and the public perceptions of Model S safety. First, he wrote, the company will update the software on Model S cars to...

  • 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 [NSDQ:TSLA] founder said reports of the fires were little more than an overreaction by the press--and that Tesla's cars are still...

  • 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 set off a fresh round of Internet fulmination--combined with much opining on what the news would do to the falling stock price...

  • Ferrari 458 on fire in Brazil
    Cars Bursting Into Flames All Over China--And They're Not Electric

    Discovering fire is undoubtedly a high point in mankind's history, but it's easy to overlook its benefits when it's consuming something you own. We'll forgive you if your thoughts turned towards electric cars at this stage. After all, the last few years have seen a few high-profile electric car...

  • 2013 Ford Escape
    Ford Escape EcoBoost Recall Roundup For 1.6-Liter Engine

    Vehicle recalls happen with such frequency that it'd be alarming, if not for the fact that most are only for minor issues. But as the 2013 Ford Escape is recalled for the fourth time, owners might start wondering whether they've made the correct purchase. Ford has announced the recall of 89,000...

  • 2013 Ford Escape, launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011
    2013 Ford Escape 1.6-liter EcoBoost Recalled For Potential Engine Fire Risk

    Just one month after deliveries of the 2013 Ford Escape started, Ford has made a formal recall of all Ford Escapes fitted with its 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. The recall is to replace an engine compartment fuel line, which is at risk of splitting and leaking fuel in the engine bay, potentially...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt

    Recently named by Gizmodo as the second most viral person on the Internet (ahead of Ashton Kutcher!), Matt Drudge is the go-to guy for headlines guaranteed to feed red meat to the right-hand side of the U.S. political spectrum. And he hates electric cars. Boy, does that man hate anything with a plug. And if it's the "failed" Chevy Volt, from the bailed-out "Government Motors," that goes double. +++++ UPDATE: The article you're reading was originally published Monday, December 20. Neatly proving our point, a day later, Drudge posted not one but two new anti-Volt headlines. Amusingly, one is a...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt
    Today's Volt Update: GM Buyback, Owners Rally, Sales Goal Unmet

    Phew. Yesterday was quite a day indeed in Chevy Volt land. A bevy of news items hit the wires, following Monday's offer of loaner cars to Volt owners who weren't comfortable with their cars' safety until the NHTSA finishes its investigation into battery-pack fires in cars that had been wrecked in...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt
    Chevy Volt Electric Car Buyers Unfazed By Fire Reports

    While a handful of Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric cars have been destroyed in fires, potential Volt buyers are not deterred by sensationalist media reports around the blazes, says trade journal Automotive News.

  • Scenes from dedication of electric-car charging station at Creekside Inn, Palo Alto, CA
    French Charging Laws Could Leave Electric Car Adoption in Flames

    Earlier this week we told you about the Danish town refusing to allow charging station and battery provider Better Place from installing charging points unless it painted them green. Now the electric car craziness has headed south to France, where officials at the French Ministry for the...

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    Got a 2011 Chevy Volt? Check Your 110V Charge Cable

    If you’re thinking of buying a 2011 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, then you’re probably already aware that its 16 kilowatt-hour battery pack is much smaller than the battery packs normally found in pure electric cars. As a consequence, it is even possible to charge the Volt’s...

  • AFutureEV Fire - Oslo
    Electric Vehicle Conversion Fires: What You Need to Know

    Earlier this month, a warehouse containing memorabilia owned by rocker Neil Young was involved in a three-alarm fire that destroyed many priceless possessions. Among the charred remains in the San Carlos fire was a classic ’59 Lincoln Continental. Converted to a hybrid power train by...

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