Following reports of sudden unintended acceleration in Tesla cars, authorities in the United States has decided to investigate and recall about 500,000 vehicles of the US based electric car maker. This was announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which said that it is reviewing a petition in this regards which called for launching a formal investigation by the agency.
The agency said that the review includes Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X cars manufactured between 2012 and 2019 and Tesla Model 3 vehicles manufactured between 2018 and 2019. Te agency added that the petition cites “127 consumer complaints to NHTSA involving 123 unique vehicles. The reports include 110 crashes and 52 injuries.”
A redacted version of the lengthy petition was released by the NHTSA which said “Tesla vehicles experience unintended acceleration at rates far exceeding other cars on the roads” and urged NHTSA “to recall all Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles produced from 2013 to the present.”
Complaints filed with NHTSA and media reports of crashes blamed on unintended acceleration were cited in the petition.
There was no comment available from Tesla on the issue.
According to many of the complaints, the Tesla vehicles suddenly accelerated when users attempted to park the vehicles in a a garage or at a curb. There were other recorded incidents where users claimed that there was sudden acceleration in the cars while in traffic or when they made use of driver assistance systems. Most of the incidents resulted in crashes.
In one such complaint, a California based driver of a Tesla Model S 85D said that in 2015, he was closed and locked when he claimed “a few moments later the vehicle started accelerating forward towards the street and crashed into a parked car.”
Another complaint by a Tesla driver in Avondale, Pennsylvania, alleged that the vehicle accelerated on its own when he was pulling into a parking spot at an elementary school and it added: “It went over a curb and into a chain link fence.”
In another complaint, a Tesla driver in Andover, Massachusetts faced a similar incident when she was approaching her garage door “when the car suddenly lurched forward: and “went through the garage door destroying two garage doors.” After the car hit the garage’s concrete wall it stopped.
The agency had said in October that a review was being conducted by it about whether Tesla needed to organize a recall of about 2,000 of its electric cars in May last year rather than simply offering a software upgrade addressed to get a possible defect fixed which would have resulted in battery fires in Model S and Model X vehicles that had been manufactured between the year 2012 and 2019.
The December 29 crash of a Tesla Model 3 which resulted in the death of a passenger after the vehicle crashed into a parked fire truck in Indiana was being probed by the NSA, the agency said last week.
(Adapted from NDTV.com)