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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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Crisis Deepens as Nissan Issues Fresh Profit Warning Again

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The woes of the Japanese car giant looks to have deepened by the newly issued profit warning by Nissan while it seeks to recover from Carlos Ghosn’s arrest 

The firm had second cut in its forecast within few months by downgrading its projection for net profit in the fiscal year to March 2019 from 410-billion yen ($3.7-billion) to 319-billion yen.

Nissan appeared to acknowledge the recent difficulties surrounding the Ghosn affair, which has cast questions over the company’s own corporate governance.

Reasons for the downgrade are:

“the adverse operating environment facing the company during the fourth quarter, and the impact of recent corporate issues on sales.”

 “additional expenses arising from the implementation of a warranty extension campaign covering certain vehicles sold in the US market.”

The profit warning came as ex-chairman Ghosn awaits his fate after prosecutors hit him with a fourth set of charges over alleged financial misconduct.

 

In February, Nissan already slashed its full-year forecast, as it revealed that nine-month net profit had dropped 45 percent — a decline the firm blamed on rising raw material costs and foreign exchange difficulties.

It was forced to downgrade its net profit forecast for the fiscal year to March to 410 billion-yen, compared to 500-billion yen earlier.

 

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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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