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Wildfire Threat Becomes Tool to Fight Home Builders

Preston Brown knows the risk of wildfire that comes with living in the rural, chaparral-lined hills of San Diego County. He’s lived there for 21 years and evacuated twice. That’s why he fiercely opposed a plan to build more than …

Park Outdoors: Ford Recalls SUVs Due to Engine Fire Risk

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is asking the owners of 350,000 vehicles in to take them to dealers for repairs in three recalls, including about 39,000 that should be parked outdoors because the engines can catch fire. Ford says in U.S. …

NHTSA Reviews LG Energy Solution Batteries to Ensure Adequate Recalls

WASHINGTON/SEOUL –– The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Tuesday said it is opening a review to ensure all defective batteries produced by LG Energy Solution have been recalled by automakers. The auto safety agency noted Mercedes-Benz MBGn.DE, …

Hyundai, Kia are Sued After Recalling Vehicles Because of Fire Risk

Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Corp were sued on Friday by drivers who claimed a defect in their vehicles’ anti-lock brake systems could trigger fires. The proposed class action filed in the federal court in Santa Ana, California, followed the …

Stellantis Recalling Nearly 20,000 Plug-In Minivans For Fire Risks

WASHINGTON –– Chrysler parent Stellantis STLA.MI is recalling 19,808 plug-in hybrid minivans and urged owners to stop recharging them, after reports of 12 fires in parked vehicles. The automaker said the recall covers 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid vehicles. All were …

Fatal Fires in St. Louis, Baltimore Expose Vacant Home Risks

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thick smoke billowed from the vacant, crumbling St. Louis house, but Benjamin Polson knew homeless people might be inside taking refuge from the January chill. So the 33-year-old firefighter went in. It cost him his life. …

Daimler Warns Car Owners of Fire Risk it Lacks Parts to Fix

BERLIN–Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz has informed owners of its luxury cars of a technical defect that could spark afire, the company said on Tuesday, adding a recall was not possible because parts needed to fix the problem are not available. The issue …

Park Outside: Kia Recalls Nearly 380K Vehicles for Fire Risk

DETROIT (AP) — Kia is telling owners of nearly 380,000 vehicles in the U.S. to park them outdoors due to the risk of an engine compartment fire. The Korean automaker is recalling certain 2017 through 2021 Sportage SUVs and 2017 …

Raging Australian Bushfire Destroys Dozens of Homes

SYDNEY — Firefighters in Western Australia battled gusty winds and high temperatures on Tuesday as they fought a bushfire that has scorched thousands of hectares of land and destroyed more than 56 homes. Television broadcast images of air tankers flying …

Safety Board: More Guidance Needed to Protect Firefighters From Electric Vehicle Fires

Electric vehicle manufacturers should provide more specific information to first responders and tow truck drivers on how to cope with lithium-ion battery fires, which continuously reignite even after being doused with water, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a …