WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators said on Friday they were reviewing claims that the Tesla Inc, and 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.
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 U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it opened a review to evaluate the progress made in a defect in the petition on his handling of the software is an upgrade in 2000 Model-S and Model X vehicles in the 2012-2019 model year.
Tech-entrepreneur, Elon Musk’s Tesla is also charged with updating the battery software, and this week, faced with a complaint about a vehicle that crashed in the parking lots by the use of a self-driving feature.
The 2,000 vehicles will be covered by the defect petition to 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. The petition was filed in Sept. 17 in the offices of lawyer Edward C., Chen, on behalf of a Tesla owner.
It is said that the software update that was believed to have reduced the driving range of the vehicles is 25 miles or more per charge.
Tesla shares are down about 2% from the session high Friday, but recovered slightly to close at 0.7%, at $231.43.
The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In August, a proposed class-action lawsuit filed in California on behalf of a Tesla owner, and Chen claimed to be a Tesla knew that some of the car’s battery was damaged and “pushed out software updates, in spite of the knowledge that the class vehicles would be affected by the loss in range or performance.”
In the suit, claiming its aim was “to ensure that the provision of the warranty of the replacement cost of the battery pack to a legitimate customer base.”
Tesla, told Reuters in August, “a very small percentage of the cost of the owners of the previous Model, and the Model X cars, and have noticed that there is a small decrease in the range during the charge to the maximum charge, the battery after the software update is designed to reduce the life-span of the battery is to be improved.”
The suit claims that Tesla is a software-induced limitation of the battery charging and the other changes to the batteries to charge more slowly. He also cites more than a dozen reports of Tesla vehicles catching fire in the last five or six years.
Tesla has not yet responded to the lawsuit in the court of law.
After a Model S caught fire in Hong Kong, Tesla said that it will be a review of the cost and the thermal management settings on the Model S and X vehicles, using an over-the-air software update to an “abundance” of caution. The aim was to ensure the continued protection of the battery, and the battery life will improve,” he said.
He Later told us that it was going to be the improvement of the software update, and after a number of owners have complained about.
The National Transportation Safety Board and NHTSA are investigating a variety of battery fires in Tesla vehicles. NHTSA has previously studied the other battery, and the charger will have problems with Tesla vehicles.
Report by David Shepardson; Editing by David Gregorio and Tom Brown