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
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., models all over sudden, unintended acceleration reports.
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.
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.
2,000 vehicles, which is covered by a 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 California lawyer Edward C., Chen, on behalf of a Tesla owner.
Chen told Reuters in October that he was a strong believer, “and various reliable sources have indicated that this number is much larger than that for the year 2000.” The petition for review is still pending.
Last week, NHTSA said it was launching an investigation into the Feb. 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