“Suddenly Accelerating” Tesla Caused Over 100 AccidentsJanuary 17, 2020
NHTSA received a petition from 127 electric vehicle owners
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Defect Investigation Department began checking 127 complaints from Tesla owners about the “sudden and unintended acceleration” of their electric vehicles. The failure, which led to more than a hundred accidents, was recorded on Model S, Model X and Model 3.
The day before, the NHTSA announced that it had indeed received a petition from 127 Tesla customers, which indicated unique identification numbers of 123 electric cars. Among them are Model S (2012–2019), Model X (2016-2019) and Model 3 (2018-2019). All these cars suddenly began to accelerate, not responding to the driver, which led to 110 accidents in which 52 people were injured.
Now, based on the internal procedure, the defect investigation department (ODI) needs to evaluate the facts presented in the petition to determine whether it should be approved or rejected. If the application is granted, ODI will initiate a defect investigation with the involvement of Tesla representatives.
The American manufacturer has long been focused on because of high-profile accidents caused by the Autopilot system. Because of the name, drivers perceive it not as an advanced version of cruise control with auto steering function, but as a full-fledged complex of unmanned driving. Therefore, elementary safety rules are often neglected, including the steering wheel being released, which Tesla itself does not recommend.
One of the most recent accidents occurred at the end of last year near Los Angeles. The Model S electric car drove off the freeway, drove into a red light and crashed into a Honda Civic. According to the NHTSA, at this point, the “autopilot” was activated in the car.
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