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    Official: Nissan expands, shrinks Leaf recall for missing weld points
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    Chalk this one up to the quirks of the English language. The other day, we had a post on the recall of a small number of 2014 Nissan Leaf EVs that were missing weld spots. The official bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that "any vehicle missing welds will be ...

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    Official: 2014 Nissan Leaf EVs recalled for missing welds
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    The Nissan Leaf has been recalled before, for problems with the passenger-side airbags. Early models of the car has also had start-up issues, but those did not lead to a recall. Today, we're learning about another problem with the world's most popular electric vehicle. In April, the National ...

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    Official: NHTSA investigating Bosch Power Xpress 240V EV chargers for fire risk
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    *UPDATED with Bosch's comment. Let's stamp out the flames of suspicion right up front. A new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation, while involving a 2013 Nissan Leaf and some smoke, is not about another EV fire. Not directly, anyway. "Nissan has determined by ...

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    Exclusive: Toyota's Bob Carter says seat heater stop-sale due to inconsequential compliance error
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    Last week, Toyota let it be known that a number of its more-popular vehicles were subject to a "stop-sale" order due to faulty seat heaters on these vehicles. No injuries were reported, but the problem affected a lot of models, including the 2013 and 2014 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon ...

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    Official: DOT and NHTSA push for vehicle-to-vehicle communication
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    Your car is about to get a lot more chatty. The Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today that Vehicle-To-Vehicle (V2V) technologies will be coming to all new cars. At some point in the future. Most likely. The basic idea behind the ...

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    Official: Camry, Avalon Hybrids involved in stop-sale of 50,000 Toyota vehicles
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    A number of popular Toyota vehicles can currently not be sold thanks to something called a "stop-sale" order. The reason is that the seat heater on these vehicles - which include the 2013 and 2014 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, Sienna, Corolla, Tacoma and Tundra models - "does not ...

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    Report: NHTSA investigating 30,000 Toyota Camry Hybrids for brake assist problems
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    Older model Toyota Camry Hybrids are under investigation by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for potential braking problems. Enough complaints have poured into the NHTSA website that the agency is now taking a look at the problem, which could affect around 30,000 ...

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    Official: 2014 Toyota Prius crash test rating drops to four stars
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    If nothing has changed, then how come something changed? That's the question behind the recent drop from five to four stars in the crash test rating for the Toyota Prius. As you can see on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, the 2014 Prius gets four stars overall ...

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    Official: Tesla says NHTSA says Model S remains safe
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    Tesla Motors continues to insist that the Model S is an extremely safe vehicle, and is re-citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as evidence. Dogged by a handful of car fires during the past few months, Tesla says NHTSA is reaffirming the Model S's five-star safety ...

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    Official: German agency says Tesla Model S EV is safe, 'no further measures' needed
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    Sales of the Tesla Model S haven't been very good in Germany, but a thumbs-up safety rating by the German government might help. The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA, known as the German Federal Motor Transport Authority in English) did not find any defects in the Model S and says that no further safety ...

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    Report: Tesla Model S fire subject of unofficial NHTSA investigation
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    It looks like the feds are going to finally look into that Tesla Model S car-b-que near Seattle. Earlier this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it may start an investigation into why that metal object that struck a Model S in Kent, Washington (about 20 miles south of ...

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    Report: Tesla Model S involved in 'unintended acceleration' incident [UPDATE]
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    The words "unintended acceleration" have, in the last few years, been closely connected to Toyota. While today's news is just one case, it does attach the phrase to a new car, the Tesla Model S. Here's the situation. One Model S owner complained to NHTSA yesterday that his wife took the car for ...

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    Report: Ford Focus EV 'Stop Safely Now' stalling problem under NHTSA probe
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    The feds are stepping in to investigate the "Stop Safely Now" messages that a Ford Focus Electric vehicle driver reported to AutoblogGreen earlier this year. The situation is a serious one, but not widespread as Reuters reports that the NHTSA has received just 12 complaints. Not a big number ...

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    Video: Smart Fortwo ED crashes into four-star rating
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    It may be small, but the 2013 Smart Fortwo ED recently managed to score four stars overall in new National Highway Traffic Safety Association tests. That score includes four stars in the Frontal Barrier Crash, four in the Rollover test and five in the Side Barrier test, showing that Daimler's ...

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    Video: Tesla Model S scores five stars in NHTSA crash tests [w/video]
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    Tesla Motors is having a good week. Right after the California-based maker of the Model S electric vehicle reported better than expected earnings and vehicle-production numbers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) let it be known that the Model S received five-star ...

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    Recalls: Tesla Model S recalled for seat safety issue
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    Back when the first Tesla Model S electric vehicles were rolling off the assembly line in California, CEO Elon Musk was literally checking each vehicle before it went out into the wild. As production ramped up, this was no longer possible. And, not that we're suggesting the two issues are ...

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    Official: 2013 Ford Fusion Energi earns five-star safety rating from NHTSA
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    The Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid has had a charmed life so far. Qualifying for California HOV lane status and getting impressive range and miles per gallon equivalent numbers are all bound to help its market image. Now, the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi has earned a five-star Overall Vehicle ...

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    Report: Nissan, Mitsubishi tell NHTSA requiring electric vehicles to make noise will turn buyers away
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    Some automakers are saying that adding a fake engine noise – or some other warning sound – to plug-in vehicles would subtract that "cha-ching" sound from auto dealers cash registers. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and some automakers outside the group say a mandate for ...

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    Official: Ford Focus Electric gets five-star overall crash-test rating from NHTSA
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    The Ford Focus Electric received the highest possible crash-test rating from the federal government, giving Ford another reason to pitch its first all-electric production vehicle to US customers. The Focus EV received a five-star overall score from the National Highway Traffic Safety ...

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    Official: NHTSA: Under 18 mph, electric vehicles will need to make "alert sound"
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    It's been a long time coming – remember the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010? – but the proposed rules for the noises that electric or hybrid vehicles have to make at low speeds have been released (get them here in PDF). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ...

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