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Road Safety Body Investigating Claims of ‘Sudden Unintended Acceleration’ in Teslas

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Conrad Doyle | 19 January, 2020, 08:16

An agency document shows 127 owner complaints to the government, including 110 accidents and 52 injuries.

Under standard practice, NHTSA will consider the petition and received data, and then decide on the need for investigation.

Shares of Tesla stock were down 0.76% as of 3:10 p.m. EST on Friday.

The petition cites "127 consumer complaints to NHTSA involving 123 unique vehicles". Others, on the other hand, reported similar incidents while the vehicle was using driver assistance systems while in traffic that ended in crashes.

The agency said it will investigate allegations involving about 500,000 Tesla vehicles, including Model 3, Model S and Model X vehicles from the model years 2013 to 2019.

The petition cited media reports of crashes attributed to unintended acceleration and complaints filed with NHTSA.

Tesla has not yet responded to our request for comment on the matter. He compared Tesla's unintended acceleration complaint rate to other vehicles and found Tesla's to be much higher. The vehicle "went over a curb and into a chain link fence", the driver claims.

U.S. driving safety regulators is considering an investigation into claims of unexpected acceleration in Tesla's EVs, the NHTSA has confirmed, after owners complained that their electric cars could suddenly speed up.

The company, run by flamboyant Chief Executive Elon Musk, has been on a significant stock run lately.

Although not listed as an incident in the petition, a Tesla Model X crashed on Highway 1010 in Mountain View back in March 2018 that left one dead.

"The regulatory treatment of Tesla has been very favorable and so I think maybe there's an expectation that nothing will come of this", Nelson told The Post. "It is clear that Tesla has the data and is aware of the problem", wrote Sparks.

He said that the timing of the petition is good because the agency needs to do a "deeper dive" into Tesla's safety. In October, it was announced the company would be reviewed over whether 2,000 of its cars should have been recalled over a fire risk, instead of rolling out a software update.

He said the timing of the petition is good because the agency must take a "deeper dive" into Tesla's security.

And in our own testing on the matter, we determined that even if an electronic glitch were to befall a Toyota or any other contemporary vehicle that led to unintended throttle applications, modern braking systems are strong enough to overpower the engine and bring the auto to a safe stop.

The most recent, announced this month, will examine a fatal December 29 collision in which a Model 3 slammed into a parked firetruck in Indiana.

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