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500,000 Complaints Against Tesla Spark Request for an Investigation

NHTSA Asked to Investigate Telsa Sudden Acceleration

Numerous complaints about problems with sudden acceleration in Tesla vehicles have been sent to the National Highway Traffic Administration, asking the agency to investigate the issue. The petition sent to the NHTSA numbers 500,000 complaints of incidents of sudden acceleration when the driver is attempting to park at the curb or in a garage. Other complaints claim the Tesla suddenly accelerated in traffic or while using the system for driver assistance, which caused crashes.

The complaint petition involves Tesla Model S from the years 2012 through to 2019, Tesla Model Xs from 2016 through 2019, and the Tesla Model 3s for 2018 and 2019. The petition includes 127 complaints by consumers that involve 123 different vehicles.

Complaints Included in the Petition

One Tesla driver said her vehicle lurched ahead when she was nearing the door to her garage. The vehicle went through the door of the garage, destroying the doors, and finally stopped when it hit the concrete wall. Another driver said his 2015 Model S 85D had the doors closed and locked when it accelerated toward the street and hit a parked car. A third driver was entering a parking space at a school, and the vehicle sped up by itself, jumped a curb and struck a chain-link fence.

NHTSA Investigating Recall for Potential Fire Hazard

A petition in September was sent to the NHTSA about an earlier 2,000 vehicle recall by Tesla to upgrade their vehicles’ software. This involved battery management in 2012 to 2019 Model X and Model S vehicles. A software upgrade was done the previous May because of a possible flaw that could lead to a fire. The agency began reviewing this petition in October, and it is ongoing. The lawyer who handled the filing of the petition states that he believes the number of recalls should have been much higher.

Crash Under Investigation by the NHTSA

On December 29, 2019, a Tesla Model 3 crashed into a fire truck in Indiana that was parked, and a passenger in the vehicle died. This is the 14th collision involving a Tesla when it was on driver assistance or autopilot. The NHTSA is investigating this accident.

Watch YouTube Video: Feds Looking Into Complaints of Unintended Acceleration in Some Tesla Cars. In the following video, ABC News reports on a government agency’s inquiry into driver complaints of Tesla’s sudden acceleration.

Seeking Help Following a Tesla Accident Injury

An experienced personal injury lawyer may be able to help you obtain fair compensation following an accident injury caused by a Tesla. When an accident is caused due to driver error or a flaw in a vehicle’s operating system, it is necessary to prove negligence. Our firm dispatches our investigative team to the site of the accident. There, they are able to use proprietary techniques that show how the crash occurred. In addition, they obtain videoes of the crash from traffic cameras and those on nearby businesses and interview witnesses. Our investigators also examine the police report for inaccuracies since it is widely used during insurance company negotiations and in civil court. Once all evidence is compiled, the data is released to our legal team, who use it to build a strong case for our client.

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