Tesla’s 500,000 cars may accelerate accidents

Netease Science and Technology News on January 18th, according to foreign media reports, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Friday local time that the agency will begin reviewing a petition requesting NHTSA for Tesla A report of a sudden and unexpected acceleration of electric vehicles was formally investigated, and Tesla was asked to recall 500,000 vehicles with potential problems.

NHTSA said the petition covers Tesla Model S from 2012 to 2019, Model X from 2016 to 2019, and Model 3 from 2018 to 2019. The petition cited “127 consumer complaints filed with NHTSA involving 123 Tesla cars. The report included 110 crashes, which resulted in 52 injuries.”

Later on Friday, NHTSA released an excerpt of this lengthy petition, saying that “Tesla cars unexpectedly accelerated faster than other cars on the road” and urged NHTSA to “recall production from 2013 to now All Model S, Model X, and Model 3 cars. “

The petition cited many media reports of accidental acceleration of Tesla’s electric car and filed a complaint with NHTSA. Tesla did not immediately comment.

These complaint reports allege that when trying to park Tesla vehicles in a garage or on the side of the road, they had a sudden acceleration. Others claim that the sudden acceleration occurred during traffic or when using driver assistance systems and caused a crash.

In a complaint, a driver stated that his 2015 Tesla Model S 85D was shut down and locked, but “after a few minutes, the vehicle started speeding down the street and hit a parked car.”.

A second complaint alleges that a Tesla driver in Evandale, Pennsylvania drove into a parking space of an elementary school when the car suddenly accelerated by itself, adding: “It crossed the curb and hit a barbed-wire Fence. “

In a third complaint, a Tesla driver in Andover, Mass., “Car suddenly hobbled forward” when approaching her garage door, and “passed through the garage door and crashed two other garage doors “It didn’t stop until it hit the concrete wall of the garage.

In October 2019, NHTSA stated that it was assessing whether Tesla should recall 2,000 electric vehicles in May of that year instead of releasing software upgrades to fix a potential flaw that could lead to production of 2012-2019 Model S and Model X batteries caught fire.

The 2,000 vehicles covered by the petition filed with NHTSA last September received battery management software upgrades in May to address a potential flaw that could trigger a non-crash-related fire. Edward Chen, a lawyer who filed the petition, said in October that he was convinced that “this number is much more than 2000” and that the evaluation is ongoing.

Not long ago, NHTSA said it was investigating a Tesla Model 3 accident in Indiana on Dec. 29 that collided with a parked fire truck and killed a passenger. This is the 14th accident involving a Tesla vehicle taken over by NHTSA’s special car accident investigation project, which they suspect has activated the company’s so-called Autopilot or other advanced driver assistance systems while driving.

On February 25, NHTSA will convene a meeting to determine the likely cause of a fatal car accident in a Tesla Model X in Mountain View, California in 2018. At the time of the accident, the driver was using a driver assistance system. 

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