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A Tesla Model S erupted ‘like a flamethrower.’ It renewed old safety concerns about the trailblazing sedans.

One firefighter told the driver he was lucky he got out when he did, after the car’s motorized door handles retracted By Faiz Siddiqui Dec. 28, 2020 at 5:00 a.m. PST Seconds after Usmaan Ahmad heard metallic bangs in his Tesla Model S last month and pulled off a suburban Dallas thoroughfare, flames started shooting out […]

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Hyundai Kona EV set to stop sales in Korea following battery fires and recalls, report says

Local reports say Hyundai plans to yank the EV locally, but it’ll continue on elsewhere in the world. Sean Szymkowski Dec. 18, 2020 9:47 a.m. PT The Hyundai Kona Electric may face the end of the road in its home country of South Korea, as the automaker mulls ending sales of the car locally. Local news channel […]

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Chevy Bolt batteries were catching fire, and now there’s a class action lawsuit

By Andrew J. Hawkins @andyjayhawk   Dec 2, 2020, 5:36pm EST GM announced a recall of over 68,000 vehicles in November A class action lawsuit was filed against General Motors alleging that the Chevy Bolt’s battery is “prone to burst into flames.” The lawsuit comes on the heels of GM announcing that it was recalling 68,000 Bolts […]

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Tesla Model 3 Crash Hurls Burning Battery Cells Into Nearby House, Starts Fire

Tuesday night, police in Corvallis, Oregon responded to an incident involving a Tesla Model 3 that was so severe it sent car parts flying hundreds of feet from the crash site. The driver was allegedly under the influence and sheared a power pole off its base upon impact, while fragments of the car were found all around […]

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Lithium-ion battery fires spark global recall of 68,000 EVs amid over charging concerns

Tue, 11/17/2020 – 09:40 — Paul Crompton The root cause of fires that pushed General Motors to recall 68,667 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles is unknown but “could be” related to overcharging the high voltage lithium-ion batteries produced in South Korea by LG Chem. Concerns the batteries could catch fire when fully charged has led the US federal […]

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LG Chem hit by GM recall of Bolt electric vehicles

Shares in world’s largest EV battery maker fall 4% on reliability concerns GM’s recall is the second in as many months involving LG Chem batteries © Reuters Song Jung-a in Seoul NOVEMBER 15 2020 A second recall of electric vehicles using LG Chem batteries has put the spotlight on South Korean battery makers, raising questions […]

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GM Recalls 51K Chevrolet Bolts Because Of Battery Packs Could Smoke, Ignite

By CBSLA Staff November 13, 2020 at 12:03 pm https://www.cbsnews.com/live/cbsn-local-la/ LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Owners of Chevrolet Bolt vehicles were advised Friday to park outside and away from homes because of the risk their battery packs could catch fire. GM is recalling nearly 51,000 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles in the U.S. because the high-voltage battery pack under the […]

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Electric car batteries are catching fire and that could be a big turnoff to buyers

By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN Business Updated 4:45 PM ET, Tue November 10, 2020 (CNN) Automakers seeking to forge ahead in the electric vehicle market have been hitting a bump in the road recently: batteries keep catching fire. At the end of September, BMW initiated a recall in the United States of 10 different BMW and Mini […]

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BMW expands recall to most 2020-2021 plug-in hybrids over battery fire issue

By Bengt Halvorson October 19, 2020 BMW has expanded its recall of vehicles over a potential battery issue to most of its U.S. plug-in hybrids for the 2020 and 2021 model years.  The recall, issued for a smaller subset of vehicles last month, now has been expanded to 4,509 U.S. vehicles. That includes the 2020-2021 BMW 530e models […]

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Auto Makers Grapple With Battery-Fire Risks in Electric Vehicles

Incidents involving electric vehicles made by GM, Ford and others highlight dangers of lithium batteries By Ben Foldy Oct. 19, 2020 5:30 am ET Auto makers are confronting a new challenge in their race to sell more electric cars: battery-related fires leading to vehicle recalls and safety probes. U.S. safety regulators this month opened a probe […]

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Battery Fires Put BMW and Ford on Back Foot as EVs Take Off

By David Stringer October 15, 2020, 11:00 PM PDT Updated on October 16, 2020, 12:50 AM PDT  Companies join GM, Hyundai in having models go up in flames  Carmakers, regulators act carefully as plug-in offerings soar First, Hyundai Motor Co. made headlines about its electric cars catching fire. Five days later, it was General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. The next day, […]

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BMW recalls multiple PHEV models

Author: Chris Randall BMW again has a problem with the high-voltage batteries in plug-in hybrid vehicles. Due to possible impurities in the production process of the battery cells, there is an increased risk of fire in several model series. The total number of vehicles involved is 26,700 worldwide. One third of the 26,700 units affected worldwide […]

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Chevy Bolt Fires Prompt Investigation by U.S. Safety Agency

By Keith Laing October 13, 2020, 6:56 AM PDT  Agency received complaints on two fires, identified third case  One person was injured in one of the reported incident The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating whether Chevy Bolt electric vehicles are prone to catch fire when they are parked, according to documents posted online […]

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Hyundai to recall 77,000 Kona electric cars over risk of battery fire, fights LG Chem over cause

Fred Lambert Oct. 12th 2020 6:08 am ET Hyundai is reportedly preparing to recall 77,000 Kona electric cars worldwide over the risk of a battery fire as the automaker is fighting with LG Chem, the battery supplier, over the cause. Last summer, a Hyundai Kona EV burst out into flames inside a garage near Montreal in Canada. […]

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NTSB Claims Half of U.S. Fire Departments Can’t Handle EV Fires

By Matt Posky on October 9, 2020 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been outstanding when it some to destroying whatever illusions we’ve built up around ourselves in terms of automotive security. When the Department of Transportation was claiming advanced driving aids would eventually lead us to a future where car accidents were a thing of […]

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GM to investigate Chevy Bolt fire after Virginia woman turns to 7 On Your Side for help

by Gary Scurka and Horace Holmes Thursday, August 27th 2020 WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Hajime Rojas of Fairfax, Virginia only had her 2019 Chevy Bolt for 18 months before it went up in smoke on the Fourth of July. The $43,000 electric car caught fire in the parking lot of her parent’s home during a family get-together. “I […]

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Safety questions vex battery-powered cars

By Hu Yumo  14:56 UTC+8, 2020-08-27        New technology and startups always have hiccups, and not even the development of electric cars is immune. A series of fires in China this year related to new-energy cars has raised anew public concerns about the safety of such vehicles. On August 11, a vehicle from Chinese electric car startup […]

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EV fires with Chinese batteries expose technology gap

By Kim Byung-wook Published : Aug 26, 2020 – 16:50     A damaged Aion S sedan (Captured from finance.sina.com) A series of fires in electric vehicles in China recently has raised concerns over the batteries they are equipped with. According to local media reports, three Aion S sedans — Chinese automaker GAC’s first pure EV […]

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Ford Issues Kuga PHEV Recall Over Battery Fire Risk

11 Aug 2020, 17:34 UTC · by Mircea Panait Known as the Escape in the United States but essentially the same vehicle under the skin, inside, and in terms of exterior design, the Kuga has seen better days. Over in the United Kingdom and Europe, the Ford Motor Company has issued a stop-sale order and a recall for the […]

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Tesla battery cooling system is subject of federal safety probe

By RUSS MITCHELL STAFF WRITER  JULY 1, 2020 Federal safety officials are probing allegations of defective cooling systems installed in early-model Tesla vehicles. Tesla installed cooling tubes prone to leaks in Model S vehicles beginning in 2012, according to internal emails cited by Business Insider last week. The Times reviewed copies of the emails and other documentation that […]

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