Hoverboard Catches Fire At Texas Mall, Federal Safety Officials Record 22 Explosions In 17 States

Hoverboard Catches Fire At Texas Mall, Federal Safety Officials Record 22 Explosions In 17 States

Even as the holidays wind down, so-called “hoverboards” continue to be a hot ticket at retailers and shopping malls around the country. One such busy mall happened to be in Texas where a self-balancing scooter caught fire, marking it just one of dozens of fires reported to federal safety officials in recent months.  [More]

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Yet Another “Hoverboard” Catches Fire While Charging, Singes Carpet In New Jersey Home

As expected, so-called “hoverboards” – that don’t actually hover at all – were a hot commodity under the Christmas tree. But for one New Jersey family, the holiday gift quickly turned from exciting new device to dangerous fire-starter after it burst into flames while charging.  [More]

CPSC Intensifies Investigation Into Exploding “Hoverboards,” USPS Restricts Shipments

CPSC Intensifies Investigation Into Exploding “Hoverboards,” USPS Restricts Shipments

One of the holiday’s hottest gifts has gotten a bit too hot, literally. Following claims that so-called “hoverboard” scooters have caught fire while charging, retailers have pulled the popular devices to ensure they’re safe. In the meantime, the country’s top product safety regulator says his agency is working “non-stop” to find the root cause for the fire hazards linked to the self-balancing scooters.  [More]

KIA Recalls 370,000 SUVs Because Cars Aren’t Supposed To Drive Away Themselves

KIA Recalls 370,000 SUVs Because Cars Aren’t Supposed To Drive Away Themselves

It’s possible that Kia is working on a self-driving car, but there’s a difference between a truly autonomous vehicle and one that can unexpectedly shift into “drive” and roll away. [More]

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 7,000 SUVs, Tells Customers To Immediately Stop Driving Them

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 7,000 SUVs, Tells Customers To Immediately Stop Driving Them

About 65 Jeep and Dodge SUV owners can expect to receive a phone call from Fiat Chrysler telling them to stop driving their vehicles. [More]

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Reaches 100

Nearly four months after General Motors’ victim compensation fund stopped accepting death and injury claims related to its massive ignition switch issue, the number of people killed because of the long-ignored defect continues to climb, now officially reaching triple-digits.  [More]

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Volkswagen Recalls 20,000 Chrysler-Built Minivans With Ignition Switch Issue

Nearly a month after Fiat Chrysler recalled 702,000 minivans and SUVs because of an ignition switch issue that can lead to disabled safety features, Volkswagen announced it would recall more than 20,000 Routan minivans that were produced by Chrysler at the same facility. [More]

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NHTSA Closes Five-Year Probe Into 1.8M GM Trucks & SUVs With Brake Failure; Doesn’t Order Recall

After five years of investigating why brake lines in some 1.8 million older trucks and SUVs have a tendency to fail, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration failed to find a safety defect and plans to close the probe without ordering General Motors to replace the often rusted brake lines. [More]

Notice Shows GM Knew About Bolt Issue In Camaro, Other Vehicles A Year Before Announcing Recall

Notice Shows GM Knew About Bolt Issue In Camaro, Other Vehicles A Year Before Announcing Recall

The latest woe for General Motors may sound a bit familiar. It appears the car manufacturer knew of a potential safety problem — in which a loose bolt could cause loss of the driver’s seat function — before affected vehicles ever hit the market, but didn’t take action until issuing a recall earlier this month. [More]