What happened in this latest Tesla car crash?
Tesla’s Autopilot mode has become the subject of intense federal scrutiny, as multiple fatalities and videos of irresponsible use have surfaced since the software upgrade debuted.
Is the NHTSA unfairly singling out Tesla?
Though it may seem like most of the NHTSA’s stories involve Tesla’s vehicles, it’s not without reason. It’s also important to remember that Tesla has been notably reluctant to cooperate in most investigations involving their vehicles, which hasn’t improved relations with federal agencies. Out of the 45 open automated driving cases, 36 involve a Tesla vehicle, and 11 of these crashes resulted in 15 fatalities—a concerning number.
The NHTSA isn’t backing down on investigating Tesla
This recently announced investigation may just be the tip of the iceberg, as new reports of Tesla vehicles crashing into first-responders on the roadways have also surfaced. So far, 11 of these crashes have been reported, all involving an alleged malfunction or driver error related to Tesla’s Autopilot mode.
This recall would affect some 830,000 Tesla vehicles, a massive recall by all accounts.
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