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Auto News: Tesla Safety Claim, Kia Recalls

by Hagens Berman

10/10/2018

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U.S. agency says Tesla safety claim goes beyond its analysis

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) claimed its Model 3 electric car has the lowest risk of occupant injury of any vehicle in U.S. government tests, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday said the claim goes beyond the scope of its analysis.

The auto safety’s agency’s 5-Star Safety Ratings Program uses three crash tests and a rollover resistance assessment to come up with an overall ranking.

“NHTSA does not distinguish safety performance beyond the star rating with five stars being the highest safety rating a vehicle can achieve. Thus, there is no NHTSA ‘safest’ ranking within the five-star category,” the agency said. read more »

Kia Recalls Niro Hybrid for Fire Risk

An electrical problem can create a fire hazard in 2017–2018 Niro hybrids.

Kia has announced it is recalling 27,030 Niro hybrids in the United States for a fire hazard in which a relay can short, "overheat the rear seat," and potentially ignite. read more »