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BMW and Volkswagen Fined 875 million Euros Over Emissions Scandal

The European Commission claimed recently that Daimler, Volkswagen, and Bayerische Motoren Werke, or BMW colluded to hold to back technology that would have improved the cleaning of nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel passenger cars. According to the commission, the companies colluded over the course of five years to avoid competing to reduce emissions beyond what…

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Battery Packs for Hoverboards Recalled

More than 200,000 hoverboards equipped with battery packs are being recalled because the batteries can overheat, which could potentially lead to fires or explosions. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reported that there have been more than 20 incidents of battery packs overheating, including complaints of smoke or fire. The recall involves lithium-ion GLW battery packs…

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FAA Requires Inspection of Bell Helicopters After Canadian Crash

The week of July 12th a 48-year-old pilot of a Bell Helicopter, model 212 died near Evansburg, Alberta while battling a wildfire according to Canadian media. Subsequently, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency directive requiring inspection of main rotor components on Bell models 212, 204, and 205 helicopters. The investigation conducted…

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GM Expands Recall of Chevrolet Volt

Recently, General Motors was forced to recall over 142,000 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles due to the potential of battery-related fires. Unfortunately for General Motors, this recall will include virtually every Chevrolet Bolt sold thus far. Previously, General Motors requested that owners limit the charging, but then went ahead with the recall announcement.  Among all the EV…

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Chevrolet Bolt Recalls Continue Amid Fire Reports

Amidst further reports of Chevrolet Bolt EV’s catching fire, while parked or charging, General Motors has expanded upon their November recall of 69,000 models by adding another 73,000 to the recall list. Upon the first recall, General Motors told owners to park their vehicles outdoors and avoid charging overnight. Now the company is further advising…

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HOVERBOARD RECALLED DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

On August 25, 2021, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that the Razor USA recalled over 200,000 self-balancing scooters/hoverboards citing fire hazards linked to the product lithium-ion battery packs. The Hovertrax hoverboards have two wheels at either end of articulated dual platforms or are powered by GLW battery packs. The battery packs have…

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Tesla Under Investigation for Continued Self-Driving Car Crashes

Multiple news outlets have now confirmed that federal safety regulators are investigating at least eleven incidents involving Tesla cars using “Autopilot” or other self-driving features that have crashed into emergency vehicles when coming up to the scene of an earlier crash. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported that at least seven of these incidents…

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