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Tesla is recalling 11,000 Model X SUVs over a seat safety issue

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If you have one of the affected cars and haven’t heard from Tesla, contact the company to get your Model X checked over.

If you’re driving a Tesla Model X, you might need to have it checked out. The company has issued a voluntary recall for some of its Model X electric SUVs to fix a fault with its back seats.

Tesla said it believes only around 3 percent of the 11,000 recalled vehicles have the problem, which prevents the seat from properly locking into place from a reclined position, leaving passengers vulnerable in the event of an accident.

The global recall, which the company announced on Thursday, involves Model X SUVs with second-row, fold-flat seats that were manufactured between October 28, 2016, and August 16, 2017.

Tesla said that while the Model X received excellent ratings in independent safety tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, recent internal testing showed that “a small number of cables in the second-row fold-flat seats  … may need to be adjusted.”

If the seat fails to lock in place when it’s adjusted from a reclined position, it could slip forward in a collision, increasing the risk of injury to not only the person in the seat, but also anyone sitting in front of them.

No accidents reported

The company was keen to point out that up to now it has not received any reports of issues or accidents regarding the problem, but has nevertheless decided to take proactive action to protect the safety of those riding in the SUV.

The good news is that the fix can be made in as little as 10 minutes, and Tesla will be using its mobile repair service to get the job done. Owners of the all-electric, long-range Model X also have the option to take their vehicle to a Tesla service center if it’s more convenient.

The California-owned company started contacting affected customers this week, and is encouraging them to make an appointment to have their car checked over.

It’s not the first time Tesla has had to issue a recall of the Model X over problems with the seats. In April, 2016, the company called in more than 2,500 Model X vehicles manufactured prior to March of the same year after the discovery of a similar stability-related safety issue.

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Burkina Faso Enhance Army with New Cobra Armoured Vehicles

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The Burkinabe Army paraded four Otokar Cobra armoured personnel carriers (APCs) during Burkina Faso’s 11 December Independence Day parade in Manga, making it the latest known user of the Turkish-made vehicle.



A Burkinabe military source told newsmen that an undisclosed number of Cobras have been delivered since September, with several currently deployed in the East Region, where counter-terrorist operations are ongoing.

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The source added that the first Cobras are operated by Commando Infantry Regiments (RIC) of the Burkinabe Army, but additional vehicles are expected to be delivered to the Combined Regiments (RIA). Burkina fields two such units, which combine armoured cavalry squadrons and motorised infantry companies.

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Important Steps to follow in case of vehicle accidents

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It’s important to know and understand how to prevent motor vehicle accidents. However, if the worst happens, would you know what to do? This equally important aspect of understanding road safety is often overlooked.

Thankfully, not all car accidents are fatal. And whatever the degree of damage, while it may not lessen the shock of a collision, it can ease the frustration of both parties if they know what steps to follow to make insurance claims easier.



Know the law

Section 61 of the National Road Traffic Act of 1996 states that in the event of an accident, where: a person or an animal was killed or injured, or any property like a vehicle was damaged, certain steps must be taken in line with the law.

The driver must:

    • Stop the vehicle and ascertain if there are any injuries;
    • Offer the assistance to injured persons;
    • Ascertain the nature and extent of damage sustained;
    • Request the name, address, vehicle registration and driver’s licence details, as well as the identity number of the other party; and
    • Report the accident to the relevant police station within 24 hours.

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According to the act, there are important other rules that must also be observed. The law further specifies that the driver may not take any intoxicating liquor or drug that has a narcotic effect, unless he or she has reported the accident to a police officer

Moreover, no person may remove any vehicle involved in an accident – in which another person was killed or injured – from the position in which it came to rest, until a traffic officer has given permission for it to be removed.

Only if the accident causes total obstruction of a public road can the vehicle be moved, and only after its position has been clearly marked on the surface of the roadway.

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You should also take pictures of the accident scene.

Further penalties during the claim process could come due to driving under the influence of alcohol, without a valid driver’s license for the vehicle being operated, driving an unlicensed or unroadworthy vehicle and not paying your insurance premium, says Tshifularo.

Tshifularo also cautions that you should not let a tow-truck driver coerce you into towing your car without making sure that it is a tow truck authorised by your insurance company.

“Otherwise you could be liable for the costs and have to spend a lot of time and energy trying to track your vehicle down.”

“After an accident, it’s very important to stay calm and rational.

“Arguing over whose fault the accident was or panicking is not going to help the situation. Instead, take charge and follow the procedure in as calm a manner as possible,” Tshifularo says.

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