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Tesla to recall 14,000 Model S cars in China over faulty Takata airbags

China’s top market regulator said on Friday that Tesla will recall a total of 14,123 imported Model S vehicles in the country over potentially deadly airbags.

The recall is part of an industry-wide crackdown on Takata-made front passenger airbags, which involves roughly 37 million vehicles including more mainstream brands such as Toyota and Ford, as noted by the United States Department of Transportation. These defective airbags use a propellant that might rupture the airbag and cause serious injuries, or even deaths.

Tesla has begun a worldwide recall of its sedans that use Takata airbags, the firm said on its Support blog. It noted that the airbags only become defective based on certain factors, such as age. The recall does not affect later Model S vehicles, Roadster, Model X, or its more affordable Model 3.

The China recall involves Model S cars manufactured between February 2014 to December 2016, shows a notice posted on the website of China’s State Administration for Market Regulation. TechCrunch has reached out to Tesla for comments and will update the article once more information is available.

The setback comes as Tesla is making a big push into the world’s largest auto market and tapping on Beijing’s effort to phase out fossil-fuel cars for China. The company recently reached an agreement with the Shanghai government to build its first Gigafactory outside the US, which will focus on making Model 3 cars for Chinese consumers. There is no target date for the factory to become fully operational yet.

Despite being an alluring market, China has been a major source of Tesla’s concerns over the past months due to escalating trade tensions and the rollback of government subsidies for green vehicles. Tesla responded by slashing its Model 3 price by 7.6 percent for China to neutralize heavy tariffs on imported cars.

The Palo Alto-based company previously recalled 8,898 Model S vehicles in China over corroding bolts, which it claimed at the time had not led to any accidents or injuries.

56-year-old model Mercy Brewer stuns in new lingerie campaign

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Ageing is an inescapable part of life — and who would want to? Not this 56-year-old model, that’s for sure.

Scottish woman Mercy Brewer was a fixture of the London ’80s punk scene, and decades later, she’s still repping that “f*ck you” attitude, posing for New Zealand cult intimates label, Lonely Lingerie, in a quietly powerful shoot.

Shot by photographer Harry Were, the shoot is an intimate ode to the woman who stars in it. And the way she’s challenging beauty standards isn’t lost on Brewer. 

“Perceptions of beauty have and always will change, therefore I think we can conclude its standard is not set in stone and new beauty is always waiting to be discovered,” she said in a statement.  Read more…

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