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Tesla misses targets, cuts prices, testifies to Congress, keeps Autopilot: is this the masterplan?

Tesla misses targets, cuts prices, testifies to Congress, keeps Autopilot: is this the masterplan?

If you're a regular reader of this site, you're probably familiar with our news roundups for the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal and Takata's fatally flawed airbags. Now, it seems we need a roundup for Tesla, too, given the recent flood of stories about the boldest electric-car company on the block... read more

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Schoolhouse Rock: 'I'm Just A Bill'

Finally: House Passes Bill Requiring Rental Companies To Repair Recalled Cars (But It's Not Perfect)

The quest to move a multi-year transportation bill through the U.S. Congress met with a bit of success yesterday, as the House of Representatives passed its own version of... read more November 6, 2015 by


 
U.S. Capitol

Senators Intro Bill To Require Recall Warning Lights On Dashboards, Mandatory Collision Avoidance

As everyone knows, 2014 was the Year of the Recall. Between fatal ignition switch flaws at General Motors and exploding airbags from Takata, recalls were at the forefront of... read more July 9, 2015 by


 
Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)

Takata Defiant Before Congress, But Says It's Ditching Volatile Ammonium Nitrate In Airbags

Over the past year or two, Takata has taken a lot of heat from auto industry regulators, elected officials, and consumers over its deadly airbags. Auto News reports that in a... read more June 8, 2015 by


 
OJ Simpson in vintage Hertz ad

Senate & House Consider Bills To Force Rental Companies To Repair Recalled Cars

Rental car companies like Avis and Hertz aren't required to fix recalled vehicles before loaning them to customers. Several years ago, that yielded tragic results for Raechel... read more May 6, 2015 by


 
U.S. Capitol

Legislators Want Nationwide Recall Of Takata Airbags, Introduce New Whistleblower Protections

By almost any metric, the long, drawn-out, still-evolving Takata airbag recall has been a disaster. But a push to simplify the patchwork of recalls and protect auto industry... read more November 20, 2014 by


 
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U.S. Senators Propose Gas Tax Increase. Will It Fix Our Crumbling Roads & Bridges?

America doesn't do a great job of maintaining its highways and byways. At least a third of our roads are substandard, and our crumbling bridges need $3.6 trillion of repairs... read more June 19, 2014 by


 
GM logo, with cash

Could GM's Recall Problem Have Been Avoided With More Funding For NHTSA?

Along the road to the massive recall known as "Switchgate", many, many things went wrong at General Motors. Perhaps most importantly, we now know that GM was aware of... read more April 4, 2014 by


 
2007 Saturn Ion Red Line

Switchgate: GM Knew About Defects In 2001, Offers Owners Free Loaner Car & $500 Credit

The ever-expanding recall fiasco known as "Switchgate" currently affects more than 1.62 million Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn vehicles from the 2003-2007 model years, 1.37... read more March 13, 2014 by


 
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Fed Shutdown Slowed Auto Sales, Especially On The East Coast

People don't like buying cars during economic uncertainty—or when they're not getting a paycheck. Although we'd argue that it didn't take any massive number-crunching... read more October 28, 2013 by


 
Vince and Larry, the crash-test dummies

NHTSA's Safety Tests & Other Programs On Hold During Shutdown

Well into week two of the federal government shutdown, we're noticing some inconsistencies in what's truly been shut down and what's still up and running. In the latter... read more October 10, 2013 by


 
Money and car keys

Nissan & Hyundai Use Government Shutdown As Selling Tool

Remember the Super Bowl blackout? Of course you do. But you probably don't recall its effect on gameplay so much as the comments it inspired in the media. And of those, none... read more October 7, 2013 by


 
U.S. Capitol

GOP: Forest Fires Trump Fuel-Efficient Cars

Late in the administration of President George W. Bush, Congress created the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program. According to Detroit News, some of the... read more July 23, 2013 by 1


 
Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Beware: Rental Companies Can Still Rent Recalled Cars -- For Now

Nearly ten years ago, Raechel and Jacqueline Houck were killed in a horrific accident when the Chrysler PT Cruiser they'd rented from Enterprise Rent-A-Car caught fire... read more May 10, 2013 by 0


 
Gas pump

Gas Tax Hikes Or Pay-Per-Mile: How Should The U.S. Fund Roads?

After 20 years, we may finally be getting a raise -- and by "raise", we mean "an increase on the federal gas tax". A growing number of voices suggest that, though not... read more February 18, 2013 by 4


 
U.S. Capitol

Hyundai, Kia MPG Flap Reaches Congress, May Spark Other Probes

Is your car as efficient as it's supposed to be? Can you achieve the EPA estimates found on its window sticker? The Hyundai/Kia fuel-economy flap has many drivers -- and... read more November 30, 2012 by 0


 

 
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