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Tesla hits speed bump with huge vehicle recall

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Tesla forced to recall more than a quarter of a million electric vehicles in China over safety concerns.

Tesla is recalling more than a quarter of a million Model 3 and Model Y sedans built in China over safety concerns around the ‘cruise control’ feature.

The huge recall amounts to the majority of Tesla vehicles cars produced and sold in the country. Most of the affected Model 3 and Model Y vehicles were from Tesla’s Shanghai plant.

Cruise control safety concerns

China’s market regulator says the vehicles’ cruise control systems could be accidentally activated, causing them to speed up unexpectedly.

However, the recall doesn’t necessarily mean any of the affected vehicles will actually need to physically go to a service centre for repairs.

Rather, owners can upgrade their vehicles’ cruise control systems software remotely, similar to a phone update.

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Tesla’s market in China

Tesla posted an apology to its page on Weibo, a popular social media platform in China.

CEO Elon Musk also posted Weibo on Saturday, “Safety is our primary goal in designing Tesla.”

China is the largest new car market in the world and the largest market for all-electric vehicles. Ives has called the country the “linchpin” of Tesla’s growth story. He calculates that China will account for 40% of Tesla deliveries by next year.

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Germany recalls Tesla models due to emergency fault

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Tesla is in the spotlight again, with Germany’s road traffic agency recalling models Y and 3 due to a fault in the automatic emergency call system

It’s a fault that could possibly impact around 59,000 vehicles globally.

Germany’s watchdog says a software flaw is causing a breakdown of the e-Call, a system designed to alert authorities after a serious accident.

The glitch follows the company delivered almost 18 per cent fewer electric vehicles in the second quarter than in the previous.

This is largely due to China’s Covid-19-related shutdowns and the ongoing supply chain crunch.

Meanwhile, CEO Elon Musk says Tesla’s new factories in both Texas and Berlin are “losing billions of dollars”.

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World’s first city to charge tourists for visiting

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If you’re lucky to be heading abroad this summer, a visit to the famous canals in Venice, Italy might be on your itinerary, but beware of new fees to come.

Venice will charge most of its visitors an entry fee from next year as it tries to tackle overcrowding.

The city’s tourism chief says Venice are pioneers and will be the first city in the world to apply a measure that could be revolutionary.

From mid January next year, day-trippers must book their visit online before travelling.

They will pay a basic fee of 3 euro, which will rise to 10 euro at peak times.

Tourism is bouncing back in Venice after the pandemic with daily visitors again often outnumbering the 50-thousand residents of the city centre.

The scheme will be closely watched by other popular tourist destinations, overwhelmed with travellers around the world.

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Pubs in UK declining by thousands, new research

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It’s no secret Brit’s love their Pub Grub, but plating up Bangers and Mash is a tradition on the decline

The number of pubs in England and Wales is continuing to fall, hitting its lowest level on record this year

After struggling through Covid the industry now faced soaring prices and higher energy costs, it warned.

There were just under 40-thousand pubs in June, down by 7,000 in the past decade, according to new research.

In fact, thousands of pubs have closed as younger people drink less, supermarkets sell cheaper alcohol and the industry complains of being too heavily taxed.

Pubs which had “disappeared” from the communities they once served had either been demolished or converted for other purposes, meaning that they were “lost forever”.

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