NHTSA investigates Tesla’s unintended accelerationJanuary 21, 2020
The statement said dealers are complaining that Tesla cars are suddenly accelerating without driver intervention.
On January 17, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it would investigate consumer complaints alleging that their Tesla vehicles unexpectedly accelerated without any involvement from the driver. Today, Tesla representatives published a response to an investigation news report entitled “There is no unintended acceleration in Tesla’s cars,” explaining that the company’s position is a categorical denial of this fact.
According to the manufacturer, the dealer simply initiated a petition and claims that Tesla is transparent with the NHTSA regarding these complaints. The driver of a Tesla car contacted the manufacturer for further clarification on the progress of the investigation.
“We investigate every incident when the driver tells us that their vehicle was accelerating contrary to their data, and in each case when we had data about the vehicle, we confirmed that the car worked as intended. Over the past few years, we have discussed with the NHTSA most of the complaints filed in the petition. In each case that we examined with them, the data confirms that the vehicle was functioning properly, ”the report said.
The petition was based on “127 NHTSA consumer complaints regarding 123 unique vehicles,” according to the NHTSA investigation announcement. It further states that consumer complaints included reports of 110 accidents and 52 injuries.
According to the foreign publication, investor Brian Sparks filed a petition with the NHTSA and, for greater credibility, is engaged in the urgent sale of Tesla shares. The American company, and especially its CEO Elon Musk, had close relationships with investors, often arguing that some sellers deliberately bet on the success of the automaker.
Sparks claims to have conducted his own investigation and filed a petition with the NHTSA after finding out about another person, the owner of Model 3, who claimed that his vehicle was accelerated twice without participating in individual cases.
The last serious recall related to unintended acceleration was for Toyota and Lexus. In 2009 and 2010, the automaker issued several reviews on the correction of an interfering mat and mechanical malfunction of the accelerator. In the 1980s, claims that some Audi cars accelerated abruptly led NHTSA to conclude that most of the cases were related to a driver error.
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