This is why I never read news.com.au. My favourite news and opinion sources are The Guardian (Australia), the ABC, SBS, Michael West. The Murdoch “press” is always full of hyperbole. Its rubbish, most of the time.
I decided to do a test (using DuckDuckGo’s search engine, as I like my privacy):
Another Ford unexpectedly catches fire? Yep (although Tesla appears first, courtesy of News (extremely) Ltd)
Another Holden unexpectedly catches fire? Again, the silly Tesla headline. It appears that no local Holdens of note have burst into flames, although the Chevrolet Volt which was sold in NZ as a Holden apparently had a habit of doing so during development and testing.
Another Toyota unexpectedly catches fire? Right - I’m going to stop mentioning the first result (Tesla) after this. RAV4 models are apparently burning up spontaneously, and there’s a report of a Toyota Corona burning.
Mitsubishi? Surprisingly flame-free.
Hyundai and Kia? Share several articles - apparently catching fire more than ‘typical’ vehicles.
Suzuki? Nothing of note.
Jaguar? Famous for it, especially in the 1970s but also recently.
Porsche? Yep, in Bangkok while charging and in Memphis (Tennnessee) - twice!
So thank you Rupert for your scares about electric vehicles, but a little balance is in order.
Final mention goes to the Ford Pinto. A rather average US ‘sub-compact’ car sold through the 1970s.
Ford knew the Pinto was liable to burst into flames after being hit in the rear, but calculated that the cost of a recall would be greater than the cost of compensating the grieving families of those unfortunate enough to have learned this the hard way. Ford’s cost-benefit analysis turned out to be erroneous once jurors hearing damages claims learned of it, and governments also issued fines.
A quiet thread, but Newscorop gets a mention contradicting their headline in their byline. The world’s busiest airport is apparently only one of the busiest. Space management and automation are easily blamed for this one but on first glance it appeared there was a crash at ATL (Atlanta).
It appears that there are several ways to measure 'busiest airports, and Dubai does manage first place for ‘most international passengers’.
I seem to remember several decades ago Canberra Airport claiming to have the highest number of aircraft movements - not sure whether it was claiming the international, national or state/territory title.