Published: Sun, January 19, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Feds Will Review Tesla ‘Sudden Unintended Acceleration’ Complaints

Feds Will Review Tesla ‘Sudden Unintended Acceleration’ Complaints

According to Reuters, the investigation resulted from a petition citing 127 consumer complaints concerning 123 different vehicles. After a technical analysis by the Office for the investigation of defects the Agency informs the applicant about whether to conduct a full investigation.

Tesla did not comment to Reuters on the report.

The agency is also investigating another December 29 fatal crash involving a Model S Tesla in California. Another crash in CT also is under investigation. For now, NHTSA will review the findings and decide whether or not to open a formal defect investigation.

Tesla owners communicate with other owners on internet forums and social media, and that can affect the number of complaints, he said.

We'll just have to wait for an answer to the question of what might be causing Tesla's alleged issues.

It's worth noting that the barriers to complaining to the NHTSA are - intentionally - low when it comes to vehicle safety.

So far, many Tesla vehicle users, the Autopilot in the vehicle because of the risk of accident said. "It is clear that Tesla has the data and is aware of the problem", wrote Sparks.

Those vehicles include the 2012-2019 Tesla Model S, 2016-2019 Tesla Model X, and 2018-2019 Tesla Model 3.

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Other complaints detail incidents where the sudden acceleration occurred while in traffic or when using driver assistance systems which led to collisions.

The SUV struck a parked vehicle, the airbags inflated, and the owner had a large abdominal bruise and several small bruises on the chest, according to the complaint. People who file complaints with NHTSA are not identified in the agency's database.

In another crash, in May 2013, the owner of a Model S sedan in Thousand Oaks, California, complained that the vehicle suddenly accelerated on its own when entering a parking space.

"You can go to YouTube right now and learn about some of these can take a water bottle, take an orange, and put it right into the steering wheel and then that tricks the system into believing that your hands are on the wheel and, then, the auto just drives as though it's a fully autonomous vehicle and not something that's just human helped in the driving". The airbags inflated, but no one was injured, according to the complaint.

The Tesla Model 3 is also part of a petition about sudden acceleration complaints submitted to NHTSA.

This review by NHTSA is not the first time Tesla has been charged with defective vehicles. Autopilot can also change lanes itself.

In addition, Tesla is often criticized for its advanced driver support system, the Autopilot technology.

The company maintains that Tesla vehicles operating its Autopilot assistance system are safer than vehicles without, but that no system can prevent every crash from occurring. However, the "vehicle did not respond and the driver was unable to slow it down before crashing".

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