In the US, will have to look into the sudden acceleration complaints about 500,000 Tesla vehicles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Friday it will set up a petition asking the agency to conduct a formal investigation of the 500,000 units of Tesla, Inc. vehicles over sudden and unintended acceleration reports.

FILE PHOTO: a Tesla Model S steering wheel is on display at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

The request has to relate to the 2012 through 2019 model year, Tesla Model S, 2016, and by 2019 at the latest, Tesla Model X, and through the end of 2018 of 2019 of Tesla’s Model 3 vehicle, according to the agency. The petition cites, “127 consumer complaints to the NHTSA, where 123 is a unique vehicle. The reports of 110 of the crashes, and 52 wounded,” the agency added.

Tesla did not immediately comment on Friday.

A lot of the complaints in a report that sudden-acceleration incidents in an attempt to get to the parking of vehicles in a garage or on a sidewalk. Others have suggested that the sudden acceleration of the circulation, or by the use of driver assistance systems, and have led to the accident.

In one complaint, a driver said the 2015 Tesla Model S 85D, California, was closed and locked, and when he said that he had “a couple moments later, the vehicle began to accelerate in the direction of the road, and crashed into the side of a parked car.”

A Tesla driver in Avondale, Pa., was pulling into a spot at an elementary school when the vehicle accelerated on its own, the complaint said adding: “It went over a curb and into a chain link fence.”

One other complaint is said to be a Model driver in Andover, Massachusetts, came to her garage door when the car suddenly lurched forward and went through the door to the destruction of the two front doors of the hotel.” The Model stopped when it hit the garage has a concrete wall.

In October, the agency said it is reviewing whether Tesla should have called for 2,000 of the electric cars in May, instead of issuing a software upgrade to fix a potential defect that could have resulted in battery fires in the Model S and Model X vehicles in the 2012-2019 model year.

The 2,000 vehicles will be covered by the in September, a petition with the NHTSA to receive a battery management system upgrade in May, in response to a potential fault which could result in a non-crash-related fires. As a lawyer, submitted a petition to Edward Chen, told Reuters in October that he believes that “this number has been much greater than 2,000.” The review is currently under way.

Last week, NHTSA said that the probe of the Nov. 29 crash of a Tesla Model 3 which is on the left, a passenger is dead after the vehicle collided with the parked fire truck, Indiana.

The crash was the 14th, in which Tesla, which is NHTSA’s special crash investigation program, in which it is known or suspected that the company’s so-called auto-pilot, or another of the advanced driver assistance system-in-use.

Report by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Nick Zieminski

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