The Truth About Cars » fire http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Ford Everest Goes Up in Flames in Journalist’s Hands, Ranger Reports Follow http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/ford-everest-goes-up-in-flames-in-journalists-hands-ranger-reports-follow/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/ford-everest-goes-up-in-flames-in-journalists-hands-ranger-reports-follow/#comments Sun, 06 Dec 2015 17:53:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1236841 An automotive journalist in Australia has found the Ford Everest to be the hottest vehicle on sale in the worst way imaginable. Peter Barnwell of CarsGuide was testing Ford’s latest utility when it suddenly burst into flames and began shooting shrapnel earlier last week. After news of the Everest fire hit news airwaves in Australia, […]

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An automotive journalist in Australia has found the Ford Everest to be the hottest vehicle on sale in the worst way imaginable. Peter Barnwell of CarsGuide was testing Ford’s latest utility when it suddenly burst into flames and began shooting shrapnel earlier last week. After news of the Everest fire hit news airwaves in Australia, […]

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DIY Recall: Fix Your Fire-prone Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon with Toyota Parts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/diy-recall-fix-fire-prone-chevy-colorado-gmc-canyon-toyota-parts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/diy-recall-fix-fire-prone-chevy-colorado-gmc-canyon-toyota-parts/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1122313   The fire-risk blower motor resistor harness has been recalled in the Hummer H3 and owners will start receiving repairs once parts become available. Owners of the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky should be able to use the updated parts as well but will have to pay out of pocket as General Motors has not […]

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  The fire-risk blower motor resistor harness has been recalled in the Hummer H3 and owners will start receiving repairs once parts become available. Owners of the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky should be able to use the updated parts as well but will have to pay out of pocket as General Motors has not […]

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Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky Share Same Fire-Risk Parts with Hummer H3 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/pontiac-solstice-saturn-sky-catching-fire-due-parts-hummer-h3-recall/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/pontiac-solstice-saturn-sky-catching-fire-due-parts-hummer-h3-recall/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1118569 Last week, we learned General Motors was recalling the majority of their Hummer H3 and H3T models due to a fire risk from a melting blower motor resistor and harness. We also learned GM didn’t issue the recall until they were threatened by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A few days ago, Jalopnik’s Michael Ballaban pointed out the […]

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Last week, we learned General Motors was recalling the majority of their Hummer H3 and H3T models due to a fire risk from a melting blower motor resistor and harness. We also learned GM didn’t issue the recall until they were threatened by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A few days ago, Jalopnik’s Michael Ballaban pointed out the […]

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Report: Hummer Recall Only Happened After NHTSA Threatened GM http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/report-hummer-recall-happened-nhtsa-threatened-gm/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/report-hummer-recall-happened-nhtsa-threatened-gm/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1115425 Jalopnik has an interesting story today about how General Motors negotiated its way into recalling 200,000 Hummers only after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration threatened to launch a formal investigation. Last week, Hummer recalled nearly 200,000 SUVs due to an increased fire risk because of a faulty HVAC harness that could melt and catch fire. GM knew about the problem […]

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Jalopnik has an interesting story today about how General Motors negotiated its way into recalling 200,000 Hummers only after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration threatened to launch a formal investigation. Last week, Hummer recalled nearly 200,000 SUVs due to an increased fire risk because of a faulty HVAC harness that could melt and catch fire. GM knew about the problem […]

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Toyota Instructs Dealers To Halt Sales Of Eight Models (Updated With Additional Information) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/toyota-instructs-dealers-to-halt-sales-of-eight-models-due-to-fire-risk/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/toyota-instructs-dealers-to-halt-sales-of-eight-models-due-to-fire-risk/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:11:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=728754 A lot of Toyota dealers are going to find it difficult to grind out their end-of-month goals, thanks to a stop-sale directive from the company that covers eight different models. Approximately 36,000 vehicles in dealer stock and an unknown number of additional vehicles inbound to dealers will have to be held. Automotive News reports that […]

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A lot of Toyota dealers are going to find it difficult to grind out their end-of-month goals, thanks to a stop-sale directive from the company that covers eight different models. Approximately 36,000 vehicles in dealer stock and an unknown number of additional vehicles inbound to dealers will have to be held. Automotive News reports that […]

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A Deer In The Headlights: Update http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/a-deer-in-the-headlights-update/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/a-deer-in-the-headlights-update/#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:19:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=495415 Last week I wrote an article called A Deer In The Headlights about my parents hitting a deer a few days prior. In the story, I talked about the impact and reported that the RAV4 they were driving caught fire as they were being pulled out. Fortunately the good men and women of the Monroe, […]

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Last week I wrote an article called A Deer In The Headlights about my parents hitting a deer a few days prior. In the story, I talked about the impact and reported that the RAV4 they were driving caught fire as they were being pulled out. Fortunately the good men and women of the Monroe, […]

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Balls Of Fire, Then And Now http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/balls-of-fire-then-and-now/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/balls-of-fire-then-and-now/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:12:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490598 Chrysler’s recent decision to snub a recent NHTSA recall request is big news. I need not restate the facts of the story, if you are a “car guy” and haven’t heard the sordid details, or noticed the dramatic photos of burned out Jeep Grand Cherokees and Liberties posted all over the internet in the past […]

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Chrysler’s recent decision to snub a recent NHTSA recall request is big news. I need not restate the facts of the story, if you are a “car guy” and haven’t heard the sordid details, or noticed the dramatic photos of burned out Jeep Grand Cherokees and Liberties posted all over the internet in the past […]

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Did Government Meddling Cripple The Dodge Dart? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/government-obama-dodge-dart/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/government-obama-dodge-dart/#comments Fri, 25 Jan 2013 22:25:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=475299 As we come to yet another hiccup in the launch of the Dodge Dart, it’s worth taking a look backwards to examine how we got to this point; the elimination of a second shift at the Dundee, Michigan plant that builds the Dart’s 1.4L FIRE engine, as well as the firing or re-assignment of 58 […]

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As we come to yet another hiccup in the launch of the Dodge Dart, it’s worth taking a look backwards to examine how we got to this point; the elimination of a second shift at the Dundee, Michigan plant that builds the Dart’s 1.4L FIRE engine, as well as the firing or re-assignment of 58 […]

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Fisker Flambe At New Jersey Port Damages 16 Karmas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/fisker-flambe-at-new-jersey-port-damages-16-karmas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/fisker-flambe-at-new-jersey-port-damages-16-karmas/#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:50:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465532 16 Fisker Karmas waiting at a New Jersey port caught fire, with all 16 cars burning to the ground. Photos of the aftermath were obtained by Jalopnik, which also obtained this statement from Fisker “It was reported today that several Fisker Karmas were damaged by fire at the Port of Newark after being submerged in […]

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16 Fisker Karmas waiting at a New Jersey port caught fire, with all 16 cars burning to the ground. Photos of the aftermath were obtained by Jalopnik, which also obtained this statement from Fisker “It was reported today that several Fisker Karmas were damaged by fire at the Port of Newark after being submerged in […]

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Ford Recalls Fire Escape For a Third Time http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/ford-recalls-fire-escape-for-a-third-time/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/ford-recalls-fire-escape-for-a-third-time/#comments Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:10:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459171 They say the third time is always a charm. I don’t think this was what they meant. As first reported by The Associated Press, a third recall has been issued for the Louisville, Kentucky-built Ford Escape, and the second to involve those with the 1.6L four-pot under the hood. Instead of fuel lines, however, improperly […]

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They say the third time is always a charm. I don’t think this was what they meant. As first reported by The Associated Press, a third recall has been issued for the Louisville, Kentucky-built Ford Escape, and the second to involve those with the 1.6L four-pot under the hood. Instead of fuel lines, however, improperly […]

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Fisker: Overheating Cooling Fan Resposible For Fire http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/fisker-overheating-colling-fan-resposible-for-fire/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/fisker-overheating-colling-fan-resposible-for-fire/#comments Sun, 19 Aug 2012 07:39:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457313 Fisker concluded its investigation into the fire that consumed one of their Karmas in Woodside, CA. According to a Fisker statement, neither the Lithium-ion battery pack, nor “new technology components, engine component packaging or unique exhaust routing of the Fisker Karma” were responsible for the conflagration. Rather, it was a lowly cooling fan, that, well, […]

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Fisker concluded its investigation into the fire that consumed one of their Karmas in Woodside, CA. According to a Fisker statement, neither the Lithium-ion battery pack, nor “new technology components, engine component packaging or unique exhaust routing of the Fisker Karma” were responsible for the conflagration. Rather, it was a lowly cooling fan, that, well, […]

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Fisker Says Latest Fire Not Caused By Battery, Engine or Exhaust – Which Leaves … http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/fisker-says-latest-fire-not-caused-by-battery-engine-or-exhaust-which-leaves/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/fisker-says-latest-fire-not-caused-by-battery-engine-or-exhaust-which-leaves/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2012 11:38:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456667 After reports of a Fisker Karma going up in flames in Woodside, California last Friday, we published comments that EV expert Jon Bereisa had made about an earlier Karma fire. Bereisa had said that the tight packaging of the engine and putting the entire exhaust system under the hood and exiting out behind the front […]

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After reports of a Fisker Karma going up in flames in Woodside, California last Friday, we published comments that EV expert Jon Bereisa had made about an earlier Karma fire. Bereisa had said that the tight packaging of the engine and putting the entire exhaust system under the hood and exiting out behind the front […]

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Fisker Douses The Flames http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/fisker-douses-the-flames/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/fisker-douses-the-flames/#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2012 07:52:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456583 Fisker responded  quickly to the fire that left a Fisker Karma  a clump of smoldering sheet metal last Friday.  Fisker issued a statement saying that Fisker engineers, working with independent investigators from Pacific Rim Investigative Group, have started examining the Karma. What they found so far does not support speculation put forth on major car […]

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Fisker responded  quickly to the fire that left a Fisker Karma  a clump of smoldering sheet metal last Friday.  Fisker issued a statement saying that Fisker engineers, working with independent investigators from Pacific Rim Investigative Group, have started examining the Karma. What they found so far does not support speculation put forth on major car […]

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Second Fisker Karma Burns – Did EV1/Volt Engineer Predict Cause? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/second-fisker-karma-burns-did-ev1volt-engineer-predict-cause/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/second-fisker-karma-burns-did-ev1volt-engineer-predict-cause/#comments Sat, 11 Aug 2012 20:46:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456390 A second Fisker Karma has been reported by Jalopnik to have caught fire and burned yesterday. The owner returned with his groceries to find the car in flames in a Woodside, California parking lot. Interestingly, he first called Fisker who advised him, wisely, to call 911. Back in May, after a Karma started a house […]

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A second Fisker Karma has been reported by Jalopnik to have caught fire and burned yesterday. The owner returned with his groceries to find the car in flames in a Woodside, California parking lot. Interestingly, he first called Fisker who advised him, wisely, to call 911. Back in May, after a Karma started a house […]

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Burning BYD EV Gets Frosty Reception http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/burning-byd-ev-gets-frosty-reception/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/burning-byd-ev-gets-frosty-reception/#comments Tue, 29 May 2012 12:45:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=446594 Pictures of a burning BYD e6 sent the already beaten down BYD stock on a nose-dive yesterday.  The e6 is one of the rare BYD electric cars, used in a taxi test in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. A Nissan GT-R had crashed into two taxis, one a conventional Santana, the other an electric e6. […]

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Pictures of a burning BYD e6 sent the already beaten down BYD stock on a nose-dive yesterday.  The e6 is one of the rare BYD electric cars, used in a taxi test in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. A Nissan GT-R had crashed into two taxis, one a conventional Santana, the other an electric e6. […]

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Junkyard Find: Oh, Those Clever Tow Truck Drivers! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/junkyard-find-oh-those-clever-tow-truck-drivers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/junkyard-find-oh-those-clever-tow-truck-drivers/#comments Sun, 22 Apr 2012 13:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=440752 Every once in a while, you see funny things written on junked cars, presumably by waggish junkyard employees. There was the Bee Careful Cressida, for example. On a recent trip to a Colorado self-serve yard, I spotted this very charred pickup with some more examples of the Funny Junkyard Guy genre. You have to wonder […]

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Every once in a while, you see funny things written on junked cars, presumably by waggish junkyard employees. There was the Bee Careful Cressida, for example. On a recent trip to a Colorado self-serve yard, I spotted this very charred pickup with some more examples of the Funny Junkyard Guy genre. You have to wonder […]

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Kia Gets Flamed, Closes Factory http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/kia-gets-flamed-closes-factory/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/kia-gets-flamed-closes-factory/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:19:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=435455 Hyundai’s sister company Kia might want to use some of those hypnotic powers to get badly needed parts. Kia’s U.S. plant in Georgia has been shut down, following a fire at parts supplier Daehan Solution. The West Point, GA, factory makes the Optima sedan, the Sorento SUV, and Hyundai’s Santa Fe SUV. According to Reuters, […]

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Hyundai’s sister company Kia might want to use some of those hypnotic powers to get badly needed parts. Kia’s U.S. plant in Georgia has been shut down, following a fire at parts supplier Daehan Solution. The West Point, GA, factory makes the Optima sedan, the Sorento SUV, and Hyundai’s Santa Fe SUV. According to Reuters, […]

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86 Non Chevy Volts Burn After Improper Recall Service, Prompting Second Recall of 296,920 Non Chevy Volts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/86-non-chevy-volts-burn-after-improper-recall-service-prompting-second-recall-of-296920-non-chevy-volts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/86-non-chevy-volts-burn-after-improper-recall-service-prompting-second-recall-of-296920-non-chevy-volts/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:12:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428479 When Jack Baruth wrote a post about Chevy Sonics being recalled for missing brake pads, some readers thought that TTAC might be cherry picking the recall reports, perhaps because of some institutional prejudices around here. Jack pointed out that recalls are a fairly frequent thing whereas cars shipped without functioning brakes are hopefully a much […]

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When Jack Baruth wrote a post about Chevy Sonics being recalled for missing brake pads, some readers thought that TTAC might be cherry picking the recall reports, perhaps because of some institutional prejudices around here. Jack pointed out that recalls are a fairly frequent thing whereas cars shipped without functioning brakes are hopefully a much […]

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GM Considers Volt Battery Redesign, Halts European Deliveries, Will Miss US Sales Goal, Recall Or Buyback Possible http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/gm-considers-volt-battery-redesign-halts-european-deliveries-will-miss-us-sales-goal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/gm-considers-volt-battery-redesign-halts-european-deliveries-will-miss-us-sales-goal/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 20:03:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420979 In the comments section of yesterday’s post on the ongoing Chevy Volt fire investigation, I noted that GM might retrofit Volts with crash protection that can maintain battery integrity in all crash conditions… Mary Barra has said that GM is “continuing to work with NHTSA to investigate additional actions to reduce or eliminate the potential […]

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In the comments section of yesterday’s post on the ongoing Chevy Volt fire investigation, I noted that GM might retrofit Volts with crash protection that can maintain battery integrity in all crash conditions… Mary Barra has said that GM is “continuing to work with NHTSA to investigate additional actions to reduce or eliminate the potential […]

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This Is The Chevy Volt’s Post-Crash Safety Protocol http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/this-is-the-chevy-volts-post-crash-safety-protocol/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/this-is-the-chevy-volts-post-crash-safety-protocol/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 22:18:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420867 TTAC has received the following protocol, developed by GM in the wake of the June Volt fire at a NHTSA facility in Wisconsin, from a GM source and has confirmed its legitimacy with a second GM source. Though the procedure may be refined based on the findings of NHTSA’s latest round of tests, it gives […]

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TTAC has received the following protocol, developed by GM in the wake of the June Volt fire at a NHTSA facility in Wisconsin, from a GM source and has confirmed its legitimacy with a second GM source. Though the procedure may be refined based on the findings of NHTSA’s latest round of tests, it gives […]

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Volt And Consequences: GM Responds To NHTSA Volt Investigation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/volt-and-consequences-gm-responds-to-nhtsa-volt-investigation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/volt-and-consequences-gm-responds-to-nhtsa-volt-investigation/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2011 17:25:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420395 With NHTSA opening a formal defect investigation into the Chevy Volt, GM is moving to defend its rolling lightning rod (no pun intended) and allay consumer fears about its safety. Yesterday I briefly appeared on Fox Business’s Your World With Neil Cavuto show to talk about what the intro to my segment referred to as […]

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With NHTSA opening a formal defect investigation into the Chevy Volt, GM is moving to defend its rolling lightning rod (no pun intended) and allay consumer fears about its safety. Yesterday I briefly appeared on Fox Business’s Your World With Neil Cavuto show to talk about what the intro to my segment referred to as […]

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NHTSA Triggers “Thermal Events” In Volt Batteries, Opens Formal Investigation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/nhtsa-triggers-thermal-events-in-volt-batteries-opens-formal-investigation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/nhtsa-triggers-thermal-events-in-volt-batteries-opens-formal-investigation/#comments Fri, 25 Nov 2011 22:48:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420060 NHTSA has has opened a formal defect investigation into the Chevrolet Volt, on the grounds that  Intrusion in a crash may damage the battery, which may result in a substantial thermal reaction and fire We knew that NHTSA was already looking in to this type of defect after an earlier test incident, but the official investigation resume [PDF] […]

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NHTSA has has opened a formal defect investigation into the Chevrolet Volt, on the grounds that  Intrusion in a crash may damage the battery, which may result in a substantial thermal reaction and fire We knew that NHTSA was already looking in to this type of defect after an earlier test incident, but the official investigation resume [PDF] […]

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Chart Of The Day: The Truth About Vehicle Fires Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/chart-of-the-day-vehicle-fires-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/chart-of-the-day-vehicle-fires-edition/#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2011 19:40:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418173 I’ve suggested in these pages that the several documented fires involving Chevrolet Volts suggest some kind of pattern, as no other major-manufacturer EVs have been involved in any reported fires. But, as Ronnie Schreiber at Cars In Depth points out, even that pattern seems to pale in comparison to the National Fire Protection Association’s tally […]

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I’ve suggested in these pages that the several documented fires involving Chevrolet Volts suggest some kind of pattern, as no other major-manufacturer EVs have been involved in any reported fires. But, as Ronnie Schreiber at Cars In Depth points out, even that pattern seems to pale in comparison to the National Fire Protection Association’s tally […]

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Amazing Inventions: Fiat Produces Engine That Increases Ownership In Chrysler http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/380056/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/380056/#comments Mon, 10 Jan 2011 18:59:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=380056 Want to know how to get a good chunk of the Detroit 3, no money down? Easy: Today, Fiat increased its ownership of Chrysler from 20 percent to 25 percent. What did they pay for it? Niente. Fiat received the extra shares “upon the Company’s achievement of the first of three performance-related milestones,” as a […]

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Want to know how to get a good chunk of the Detroit 3, no money down? Easy: Today, Fiat increased its ownership of Chrysler from 20 percent to 25 percent. What did they pay for it? Niente. Fiat received the extra shares “upon the Company’s achievement of the first of three performance-related milestones,” as a […]

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Burned Dodge Truck Makes Us Sad http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/burned-dodge-truck-makes-us-sad/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/burned-dodge-truck-makes-us-sad/#comments Sat, 27 Nov 2010 19:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=374595 After the Fourmile Canyon Fire in September, charred vehicle carcasses began showing up in quantity in Denver wrecking yards. Completely burned-to-hell-and-gone vehicles don’t seem to offer any usable components for junkyard shoppers, but they still show up. This mid-60s Dodge pickup showed up at the self-service yard near my house about a week after the […]

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After the Fourmile Canyon Fire in September, charred vehicle carcasses began showing up in quantity in Denver wrecking yards. Completely burned-to-hell-and-gone vehicles don’t seem to offer any usable components for junkyard shoppers, but they still show up. This mid-60s Dodge pickup showed up at the self-service yard near my house about a week after the […]

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