Automaker Tesla is facing a new lawsuit as it has been alleged that models within Tesla’s vehicle lineup have an unintended acceleration defect, prompting concerns of property damage and injury. In January, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reviewed a petition filed by over 100 Tesla consumers, along with 127 safety complaints, related to the alleged acceleration defect. This prompted an NHTSA investigation into over a half million Tesla vehicles.
Tesla has denied the allegations and called the petition false. They have countered the lawsuit by adding that they investigated every complaint of unintended acceleration meticulously by reviewing the vehicle’s computer data. With each review, they concluded that the vehicle had been operating as designed during each incident.
Driver Error versus Car Error
Tesla has reiterated that the car accelerates only by driver input, while acknowledging that all Tesla vehicles have a system that prevents motor torque when the brake pedal is pressed simultaneously with the accelerator. They added that their cars are equipped with sensors that can interpret driver input as possible misapplications. Sensing this, the vehicle will apply the brakes under the assumption that the input was by mistake. This has led to another accusation in the lawsuit that Tesla is blaming driver error instead of their vehicles.
In the NHTSA petition, drivers complained that their vehicle had crept forward on its own without driver input. The petition included different models as well, including the Tesla Model S, Model 3, and Model X. According to one such complaint regarding a driver’s Model S, the vehicle was closed and locked when it accelerated forward and crashed into a parked car.
Tesla Falls Short on Data
The affected consumers claim that Tesla had not provided any evidence of their countering data, forcing them to file the lawsuit. They also stated that Tesla had not been trustworthy in providing a safe vehicle while leaving the driver at-risk. This lawsuit is similar to several other controversies involving the progressive automaker.
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