Tesla being investigated for claims that three of their models may suddenly accelerate themselves
Tesla under investigation claims that 500,000 of their cars can suddenly accelerate themselves and have caused 110 crashes in six years
- US government service received 127 complaints about Tesla vehicles
- Drivers claim that their cars have suddenly accelerated, which led to 110 crashes
- It occurs in Model 3, Model S and Model X made in 2013 to 2019
- However, there were 500,000 Tesla vehicles that were sold at that time
Tesla is investigated after 127 complaints have been sent to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), claiming that certain models have experienced ‘sudden unintended acceleration’.
The vehicles in question include the Tesla Model 3, Model S and Model X that were made and sold from 2013 to 2019 – a total of nearly 500,000 cars.
The error is said to have caused 110 accidents and 52 injuries, with many drivers claiming that the incident occurred when trying to park in a garage or on a curb.
Others claimed that the sudden acceleration occurred in traffic or when using driver assistance systems.
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The vehicles in question include the Tesla Model 3, Model S (photo) and Model X that were made and sold from 2013 to 2019 – a total of nearly 500,000 cars. The error is said to have caused 110 accidents and 52 injuries, with many drivers claiming the incident occurred when trying to park in a garage or on a curb
The NHTSA defines ‘sudden acceleration incidents’ as ‘unintended, unexpected, powerful accelerations from a stationary position or a very low starting speed accompanied by a clear loss of braking effect.’
The petition was received by the NHTSA: “On 19 December 2019, the Office of Defects Investigation received a request for a defect by e-mail with a request for a defect investigation into alleged sudden unintended acceleration in model year 2012 to 2019 Tesla Model S, MY 2016 to 2019 Tesla Model X and MY 2018 to 2019 Tesla Model 3 vehicles. “
“In support of his request, the petitioner cited 127 consumer complaints at NHTSA with 123 unique vehicles.”
“The reports include 110 accidents and 52 injuries. A copy of the petition will be added to the public file for this defective petition and ODI will evaluate the petitioner’s allegations to determine whether the petition should be granted or denied. “
In a complaint, a driver said that a 2015 Tesla Model S 85D in California was closed and locked when he claimed “a few moments later the vehicle began to accelerate forward to the street and crashed into a parked car.”
A Tesla driver in Avondale, Pennsylvania, entered a parking lot at a primary school when the vehicle accelerated on its own, said the complaint and added, “It was about a curb and a chain link fence.”
Another complaint said that a Tesla driver in Andover, Massachusetts, was approaching her garage door “when the car suddenly shot forward: and” went through the garage door and destroyed two garage doors. ” The Tesla stopped when it hit the concrete wall of the garage.
The error is said to have caused 110 accidents and 52 injuries, with many drivers claiming that the incident occurred when trying to park in a garage or on a curb. Others claimed that the sudden acceleration occurred in traffic or when using driver assistance systems
In October, the agency said it was investigating whether Tesla should have recovered from its electric cars in May 2000 instead of issuing a software upgrade to resolve a possible defect that could have resulted in a battery fire in Model S and Model X vehicles from the 2012 Model years 2019.
Three years ago the news of a brand new Tesla Model X SUV spread when it suddenly accelerated at ‘maximum speed’, jumped a sidewalk and hit the side of a shopping mall.
The owner of the Model X, Puzant Ozbag, said the vehicle was only five days old and his wife, who was driving at the time of the incident, had not activated any self-driving functions at the time of the crash.