WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Friday it is reviewing a defect petition claiming Tesla, Inc. failed to notice when it is issued with a software upgrade in 2000 Model-S and Model X vehicles in May.
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 vehicles in the 2012 through 2019 model year, to receive a battery management system upgrade in response to a potential defect that could result in a non-crash fires, the petition said, adding the be of the opinion that it is the update that reduces the driving range of the vehicles. NHTSA said on Friday it had opened a formal review of the evaluation of the petition’s claims.
Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In August, a proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in California, claiming Tesla did the batteries of the cars were 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, be added to believe its purpose is “to ensure that the provision of the warranty of the replacement cost of the battery pack to a legitimate customer base.”
The suit says the Tesla has a software-induced limitation on the total number of usable-kilo-watt-hours and limiting the ability of the owner to charge the battery cells of the natural and the normal in the amount of about 4.2 v, by the award of a … the capacity of the battery limits, by reducing the velocity of the charge and the reduction of the performance in terms of speed.”
The pick of the sites, more than a dozen reports of Tesla vehicles catching fire in the last five or six years. Tesla has not yet responded to the complaint.
Its 15, software update, some settings have been changed in the cars’ battery-management software, in relation to the load and the thermal controls, the suit said.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a variety of battery fires in Tesla vehicles.
On Wednesday, the NHTSA said that it was looking for a car crash involving a Tesla car to drive to their owners, using the company’s Smart Calling feature.
Several users have posted videos on social media of Tesla’s vehicles, which seem to be in the vicinity of the accident. In a video posted on a Height, striking a garage wall, and the other from a Height being struck by a vehicle backing up.
A Model of the software update of the last week have been added to the Smart Call feature for the customers. If the vehicle is within a radius of 200 feet and within their line of sight, they can use a phone app to summon the vehicle is in a parking lot.(a little bit.m/2lxm0qN)
Tesla’s Chief Executive Elon Musk, on Wednesday, tweeted that there were more than 550,000 Smart to Call in the first couple of days.
Report by David Shepardson; Editing by Susan Fenton and Chris Reese