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Tesla received a cease-and-desist letter from US agency over Model 3 safety claims

NHTSA sent Tesla a cease-and-desist letter over “misleading statements” about the Model 3′s safety rating.

The U.S. agency also says it referred the matter to the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Documents reveal the NHTSA also subpoenaed Tesla for information on several crashes.

Tesla says it based its statements on “actual test results” and NHTSA injury probability data. read more »

Ford recall: 2020 Explorer, Lincoln Aviator could roll because of crucial missing part

Ford Motor Co. issued a safety alert for the 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs on Wednesday, noting that the vehicles may be missing a part that keeps the car from moving while parked, "increasing the risk of crash."

The company, which has touted its two new sport utility vehicles built only in Chicago, as long-awaited flagship products, said in a news release that the vehicles may be missing the manual park release cover, which is not a minor issue.

"Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards require the manual park release cover be in place and only removable with a tool. If the cover is not installed, the manual park release lever may be inadvertently activated, which could result in unintended vehicle movement if the electronic park brake is not applied," read more »