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U.S. Opens Probe on Chevy Impala

by on April 24, 2014

NHTSA has opened a preliminary investigation into model year 2014 Chevrolet Impalas to examine cases of inappropriate autonomous braking. The Office of Defects has only received one complaint describing this event, but NHTSA has deemed it serious enough to warrant a full investigation.

The complaint filed last month said the Impala was moving at 20 mph when the brakes “independently seized”. The vehicle slowed to a complete stop before the driver was able to take back control. The next day, the vehicle’s brakes seized while driving → Read More


At the delivery ceremony of Tesla’s first batch of Chinese orders, CEO Elon Musk revealed another new addition to the Chinese auto market. Two PV charging systems, designed and manufactured by Hanergy Solar Group, stood above the electric Model S vehicles as Musk gave a short speech.

“In the future, Tesla will work with partners to build supercharger network. The first charging station in Beijing was built in cooperation with Hanergy Solar Group. Tesla will continue to invest in the construction of superchargers in China, aiming to quickly expand the → Read More


Lemon Law Claim Against Tesla May Go Sour

by on April 23, 2014

A Wisconsin lawyer who calls himself the “Lemon Law King” may have met his match with Tesla Motors. The lawyer handling the lemon law suit against Tesla claims that the auto manufacturer has fell silent toward three demands for a buy-back after his client experienced problems in his Model S.

Lemon laws exist to protect customers against cars that repeatedly fail to meet standards of quality and performance–cars that are riddled with defects. An owner may file a lemon law claim against a manufacturer if their vehicle is affected by problems during the first 18 months after it was delivered.

Vince Megna, who represents physician → Read More

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GM Restructures Engineering Department

by on April 22, 2014

General Motors is splitting their Global Vehicle Engineering Department into two separate entities: Global Product Integrity and Global Vehicle Components and Subsystems. This motion is meant to improve the chain of communication between engineers and product management, and should (in theory) make it more difficult for problems–like the ignition defect–to be buried in red tape.

The engineering department came under a considerable amount of criticism after they admitted to discovering the ignition defect back in 2001 and failed to order a recall. During her hearing with the Senate, GM CEO Mary Barra was reprimanded for → Read More


VW Issues Recall Following Stop-Sale Order

by on April 22, 2014

After putting four VW models on stop-sale, Volkswagen has decided to issue a voluntary recall.

26,452 model year 2014 Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle convertible vehicles were produced with defective O-ring seals. The out of spec part does not completely seal between the oil cooler and transmission, resulting in fuel leaks. The auto manufacturer added that only models with a 1.8T engine and torque-converter automatic transmission are affected.

First signs of the issue → Read More

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