On June 30, 2016, the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced today that they created a list of 25,000 Tesla Motors vehicles that are under investigation. The announcement was made after multiple reports of malfunction with the automated driving systems in its 2015 Model S.
According to Reuters, a preliminary investigation into 25,000 Tesla Motors vehicles is under way after a customer was driving in “auto-pilot” mode and crashed fatally. The NHTSA has requested that an examination of the automated system’s design and performance must begin immediately.
Recently reported by CNBC, The crash involved a Model S from Tesla Motors and a tractor-trailer that crossed a divider into the vehicle. Due to the reflection of the side of the trailer that appeared as “white light” to the driver, neither the driver nor the autopilot applied the brakes. The 25,000 vehicles placed under investigation by the NHTSA, is the first step for Tesla Motors before a recall occurs.
By Jhayla D. Tyson
Edited by Cathy Milne
CNBC: US Regulators Investigating Tesla Over Use of Automated System Linked to Fatal Crash
Reuters: U.S. Opens Investigation Into Fatal Car Crash
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