Posted on January 24, 2020 Tags: Tesla Inc statement
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – America’s largest automotive safety body – last week announced it was considering a petition asking the agency to formally investigate Tesla Inc vehicles over sudden unintended acceleration reports.
We reached out to Tesla Australia for a comment on the NTHSA report but received no response. This week Tesla Inc released the following statement under the heading:
“This petition is completely false and was brought by a Tesla short-seller. We investigate every single incident where the driver alleges to us that their vehicle accelerated contrary to their input, and in every case where we had the vehicle’s data, we confirmed that the car operated as designed. In other words, the car accelerates if, and only if, the driver told it to do so, and it slows or stops when the driver applies the brake.
“While accidents caused by a mistaken press of the accelerator pedal have been alleged for nearly every make/model of vehicle on the road, the accelerator pedals in Model S, X and 3 vehicles have two independent position sensors, and if there is any error, the system defaults to cut off motor torque. Likewise, applying the brake pedal simultaneously with the accelerator pedal will override the accelerator pedal input and cut off motor torque, and regardless of the torque, sustained braking will stop the car. Unique to Tesla, we also use the Autopilot sensor suite to help distinguish potential pedal misapplications and cut torque to mitigate or prevent accidents when we’re confident the driver’s input was unintentional. Each system is independent and records data, so we can examine exactly what happened.
“We are transparent with NHTSA, and routinely review customer complaints of unintended acceleration with them. Over the past several years, we discussed with NHTSA the majority of the complaints alleged in the petition. In every case we reviewed with them, the data proved the vehicle functioned properly.” The Tesla Team 20 January, 2020
“As is the agency’s standard practice in such matters, NHTSA will carefully review the petition and relevant data.”NHTSA statement 20 January, 2020.
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