By B.N. Frank
Electric vehicles (EVs) have been associated with numerous significant safety issues, some of which have led to fires, investigations, and recalls (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10). Another recall was recently announced by Nikola. At least it’s not due to fires.
From Zero Hedge:
Nikola Recalls All The Electric Trucks It Has Built So Far
By Alan Adler of FreightWaves
Nikola Corp. is recalling all 93 battery-electric Nikola Tre Class 8 trucks it has built to date because improper installation of the shoulder anchorage assembly of the seat belts could reduce protection in a crash.
Nikola imports cabs from Italy, where they are built by manufacturing partner Iveco, which is responsible for the defect.
The electric truck maker began regular production at a new plant in Coolidge, Arizona, in March. It reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Sept. 14 that it has no warranty or customer claims for the issue.
The assembly as designed and installed could become detached under the weight of a passenger. The seat belt anchor assembly design does not allow full thread engagement for the anchor bolt. It may cause cross threading, a condition in which a fastening screw does not engage correctly with a nut.
Discovered during predelivery inspection
During a predelivery inspection at a dealership on July 18, a Nikola employee discovered the shoulder anchorage on the passenger side seat belt was disconnected from the B-pillar adjuster. Nikola told Iveco, which said the final torque on the passenger seat belt shoulder anchorage was not installed to specification.
Nikola will replace the components of the seat belt anchor assembly and the adjuster on all vehicles for free. The replacement component is narrower than the original, allowing the assembly to completely thread.
Customer and dealer letters about the defect will be mailed between Oct. 1 and Nov. 1.
Milton trial resumes Wednesday
Separately, the federal fraud trial for Nikola founder Trevor Milton resumes Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Dour market conditions, and possibly attention from the trial, dragged Nikola’s stock price 24.02% lower last week to close at $3.89 a share, just above its 52-week low of $3.82.
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Other issues that have been identified with EVs include:
- They are expensive to buy and maintain (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Charging them threatens power grids (see 1, 2, 3, 4) and medical implants
- They emit high levels of harmful electromagnetic and wireless radiation (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) which can also affect animals
Despite ongoing and increasing problems identified with EVs, EV mandates are being considered and/or introduced in at least 17 states and the Biden Administration recently approved the first $900M for building charging stations.
Activist Post reports regularly about EVs and unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:
- Wireless Information Network
- Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
- Environmental Health Trust
- Physicians for Safe Technology
Top image: Nikola via ZeroHedge
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