Mar 2, 2023 - 04:09 pm
Rivian launches major recall for the R1S & R1T
US start-up Rivian is recalling 12,716 of its electric cars. A defective sensor in the seatbelt assembly could cause the front passenger airbag not to deploy in the event. The recalled vehicles were produced between 10 September 2021 and 15 September 2022.
Feb 17, 2023 - 04:21 pm
NHTSA has Tesla recall 362,000 US vehicles over Autopilot software
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is forcing Tesla to update its FSD (Full Self Driving) software for the Autopilot driver assistance system in around 362,000 vehicles. Elon Musk is furious, especially about the classification as a “recall” – again.
Jan 7, 2023 - 04:38 pm
NHTSA asks BMW to recall 14,000 cars in the USA
BMW recalls over 14,000 hybrid electric cars in the US. The affected vehicles of type iX, i4 and i7 were manufactured with an electronic control unit for the battery pack that could cause a loss of power due to a software issue.
Sep 28, 2022 - 11:47 am
Major safety update for Teslas in the USA
Tesla has to install a software update in almost 1.1 million of its electric cars in the USA due to safety concerns. The safety authority NHTSA points to a malfunction of the automated window closing system in several Tesla models.
Aug 2, 2022 - 11:19 am
BMW issues recall for the iX and i4 in the USA
BMW has issued a recall for a small number of its iX and i4 EVs in the US due to a possible fire hazard. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 56 iX and 27 i4 were “manufactured with a high-voltage battery that may not have been produced to specifications by the supplier”.
Jun 8, 2022 - 11:10 am
Tesla to answer for phantom braking issues
More than 750 Tesla drivers have complained to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about unmediated braking manoeuvres of their cars when controlled by the Autopilot system. Tesla must respond to the allegations by 20 June.
Apr 6, 2022 - 01:58 pm
NHTSA investigates LG ES battery recalls
The US Federal Highway and Vehicle Safety Administration is moving to investigate LG Energy Solution’s faulty battery cells that led to fires in electric cars and plug-in hybrids. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to ensure that all defective batteries have been recalled by car manufacturers.
Apr 6, 2022 - 01:11 pm
New fuel economy standards announced in the USA
The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced new fuel economy standards which follow President Biden’s executive order to drive American leadership forward on clean cars.
Apr 1, 2022 - 11:54 am
NHTSA pushes fines up for carmakers violating fuel economy rules
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration significantly increases the penalties for car manufacturers with fleets that do not stay within emission regulations. For the model years 2019 to 2021, NHTSA nearly tripled the penalty and announced further increases for 2022.
Feb 2, 2022 - 04:00 pm
Tesla announces recall after autopilot issue
Tesla has to repair more than 50,000 of its electric cars in the USA that are equipped with the beta version of the software ‘Full Self-Driving’. The reason is that the software enables rolling stops at intersections and does not completely stop the car before a stop sign.
Jan 4, 2022 - 12:12 pm
Hyundai Ioniq’s turn for recalls
Hyundai has to recall 2,679 units of the all-electric Ioniq EV in the US. The reason is an electronic fault in the CAN bus system that can put the car into a “fail-safe” mode.
Oct 18, 2021 - 11:24 am
Tesla under pressure in the USA for stealth recall
The US regulation authority NHTSA has notified Tesla of recall obligations over update and wants more info on FSD test. Additionally, Tesla has been asked for more information about the non-disclosure agreement it made ‘Full Self-Driving Beta’ testers agree to.
Aug 18, 2021 - 10:37 am
Autopilot safety investigation in the USA
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reopening an investigation into Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ driver assistance system. It refers to eleven incidents between January 2018 and July 2021 in which Tesla models hit emergency vehicles parked on the side of the road. This resulted in 17 injuries and one death.
Oct 16, 2020 - 12:24 pm
Chevy Bolt batteries continue to cause headaches for GM
NHTSA, the US American Federal Highway and Vehicle Safety Administration, launched an investigation in response to complaints about Chevrolet Bolt electric cars catching fire. Again, there appears to be a problem with the batteries.
Jul 3, 2020 - 11:14 am
Tesla batteries under evaluation
The US NHTSA has launched a probe over a potential design flaw in older Model S battery packs that could prove dangerous. Reportedly, parts in the cooling mechanism in 2012 to 2016 Tesla Model S units could render the battery pack useless or even cause fires.
Mar 31, 2020 - 06:31 pm
Trump drops fuel-efficiency targets from 5% to 1.5%
The President of the USA, Donald Trump has just dramatically reduced fuel efficiency standards. These are now only required to increase by 1.5% each year through model year 2026 instead of the 5% annual increases introduced in 2012 by the Obama government.
Feb 9, 2020 - 08:03 pm
Feds exempt autonomous delivery pod R2 by Nuro
Founded by former Google engineers, the US start-up Nuro is to make goods delivery autonomous and electric. They now launched the next-gen pod, R2, and say they can start testing in Houston within weeks. Regulators have approved a driverless exemption for this purpose.
Jan 22, 2020 - 11:37 am
Will Tesla’s Model Y hit the streets sooner?
It is looking like an imminent start of delivery of the Tesla Model Y – among other indications, a Tesla employee is said to have claimed it will be ready in two weeks, and Tesla has already registered Model Y’s vehicle identification numbers (VINs).
Jan 20, 2020 - 10:54 pm
Ludicrous gone wrong?
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been petitioned to investigate cases where Tesla vehicles allegedly “suddenly” accelerated without driver intervention, particularly when parking.
Sep 23, 2019 - 11:22 am
US states fight back to reduce emissions despite Trump
California and 22 other US states have now filed lawsuits against the Trump administration, who is trying to deny them the right to set their own – higher – emissions standards. California’s Governor Gavin Newsom has also just signed two laws to tighten emission standards for trucks and other vehicles.
Feb 6, 2018 - 07:57 pm
Teslas Model 3 registrations exceed 11,000
Teslas production elements are working hard to keep up with a market. The newest figures for the Model 3 Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN), which is used to keep track of individual vehicles in the USA, has crossed the 11,000 milestone.
Nov 22, 2017 - 09:47 am
Recall of all BMW i3 in the United States
German carmaker BMW has announced a stop-sale and recall on all BMW i3’s sold in the States. This affects all-electric models as well as i3 versions with range extender – all in all approximately 30,000 units.