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  • Hard to Take the German Absolution of Tesla Fires Seriously

    12/05/2013 2:31:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    NLPC ^ | December 5, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    Following incidents in Washington state, Mexico andTennessee, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it would probe fires that occurred recently over a six week period in Tesla Motors’ electric Model S. And this week, as revealed in a Detroit News story, the NHTSA looks like they’re serious – at least more serious than Germany’s transportation safety authority. Why bring up Germany? Because as the regulatory heat bears down in the U.S. on Tesla and high-profile CEO Elon Musk, they have trotted out the Eastern Europe nation to demonstrate that they’ve been absolved of any culpability in the fires. The...
  • NTSB questions Boeing’s 787 battery design and certification after short circuit

    02/07/2013 11:13:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | February 7, 2013 | Dominic Gates
    A short circuit inside one cell started the 787 battery fire, and assumptions used to certify the battery system proved wrong, the NTSB said Thursday.The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has pinpointed the start of the 787 Dreamliner battery fire on a parked Japan Airlines jet a month ago today as a short circuit inside a single cell. The agency still hasn’t identified the cause of the initial short circuit but has narrowed down the suspects. Details provided by the NTSB make clear that Boeing will have to redesign the battery for a long-term fix. In addition, the NTSB pointed...
  • Consumer Reports’ Chevy Volt Safety Double Standard

    12/12/2011 9:27:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 12, 2011 | Mark Modica
    In January of 2010 USA Today reported that Consumer Reports (CR) temporarily suspended its recommended rating for eight Toyota models. This was in response to the possibility of Toyota models being unsafe as accusations were made that the vehicles had sudden acceleration problems and NHTSA investigated the alleged incidents. In CRs' words, "Although incidents of sudden acceleration are rare, we are taking this action because the vehicles have been identified as potentially unsafe without a fix yet being available to consumers." CRs' response to the Chevy Volt NHTSA fires is quite different from the Toyota response. Change a few...
  • Chevrolet Not Using Volt Technology on Spark Electric Battery (Chevy Volt battery obsolete?)

    12/09/2011 1:23:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Motor Trend ^ | December 9, 2011 | Christian Seabaugh
    With investigations into the safety of the Chevrolet Volt’s battery pack on-going , Automotive News reports that GM is going to go with a whole new battery technology in the upcoming 2013 Chevrolet Spark Electric that is safer, more stable, and will have a longer life than the Volt’s lithium ion battery pack. Currently most electric cars and hybrids including the Chevy Volt and Buick LaCrosse E-Assist use lithium metal oxide chemistry in their Lithium Ion battery packs, sourced from LG Chem in South Korea. According to Automotive News GM’s planning on using phosphate-based lithium ion batteries on its...
  • Troubling NHTSA/GM Response to Chevy Volt Fires

    12/01/2011 10:42:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 1, 2011 | Mark Modica
    Some troubling inconsistencies are arising regarding General Motors and NHTSA's response to the crash-tested Chevy Volt fires first reported a few weeks ago. NHTSA and GM delayed informing the public of the initial Volt incident that occurred about six months ago until recently. According to an early NY Times piece on the exploding Volt, NHTSA and GM claimed that they were unable to replicate the fire that occurred at the time. In fact, according to a CNN Money piece that ran when the story first broke, GM spokesman Greg Martin stated that the Volt battery pack was subjected to...