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Tesla vehicles may accelerate unexpectedly, US petition alleges
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20th Jan 2020
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Tesla vehicles may accelerate unexpectedly, US petition alleges

A US government agency is reviewing a petition that claims Tesla vehicles may unexpectedly accelerate. Reuters reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will review the petition, which cites 127 consumer complaints to the agency involving 123 separate vehicles. These complaints include 110 crashes and 52 injuries. The petition covers the 2012-19 Tesla Model S, 2016-19 Model X and 2018-19 Model 3, asking the NHTSA to issue a recall for a total of 500,000 vehicles.
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William Stopford
US government proposes more lenient fuel economy targets
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3rd Aug 2018
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US government proposes more lenient fuel economy targets

The USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Transport Safety Administration (NHTSA) have released new draft fuel economy targets, dubbed the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule. The agencies propose freezing the fuel economy target at 2020 model year levels for a further five years.
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Derek Fung
Kia: Over 500,000 North American cars recalled
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12th Jun 2018
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Kia: Over 500,000 North American cars recalled

Kia has recalled 507,000 vehicles in North America, over concerns an electrical fault could stop their airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners working in an accident. UPDATE, 13/06/2018: The story has been updated to clarify why no Australian cars are impacted.
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Scott Collie
Fiat Chrysler accepts $144m penalty, agrees to vehicle buy-backs over previous recalls
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28th Jul 2015
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Fiat Chrysler accepts $144m penalty, agrees to vehicle buy-backs over previous recalls

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has accepted the largest civil penalty ever imposed by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and will offer to buy back hundreds of thousands of defective vehicles from owners after acknowledging a substandard execution of vehicle safety recalls.
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Tim Beissmann
Vehicle recall search tool mandatory by 2014: US safety authority
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16th Aug 2013
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Vehicle recall search tool mandatory by 2014: US safety authority

Car, light truck and motorcycle manufacturers selling products in the US will be required to provide an online vehicle recall search tool in 2014, after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced changes to existing regulations. To be installed on manufacturer websites by August 14, 2014, the search tool is designed to provide consumers with an easily accessible way to find out if a vehicle has been recalled.
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David Zalstein