Customers petition NHTSA to investigate Tesla defects
500,000 vehicles could have unintended acceleration
Allegedly, the 2012-2019 Tesla Model S, the 2016-2019 Tesla Model X, and the 2018-2019 Tesla Model 3 may suffer from unintended acceleration. There was 127 complaints about 123 cars which led to a petition from customers to investigate over 500,000 vehicles. Reportedly, there have been 110 crashes, which led to 52 injuries.
The NHTSA will "carefully review the petition and relevant data," and decide whether to grant or decline the petition. Once granted, a formal investigation will commence. Anyone can petition the NHTSA to open a formal investigation on possible faults, although many times they are not accepted as problems.
Automotive News reports a case where a man who owned 2015 Tesla Model S 85D had it parked and locked, when "a few moments later the vehicle started accelerating forward towards the street and crashed into a parked car." Another driver said his car "went over a curb and into a chain link fence" while attempting to park.
Following the reports, Tesla shares fell slightly, although they remain higher than both GM and Ford.