HUNDREDS of thousands of Teslas are being investigated for “virtual braking” after drivers claimed the vehicles “stopped quickly”.
On Wednesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was reviewing about 416,000 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles from the 2021 and 2022 US model years.
Ghost brake complaints have skyrocketed to 354 in just nine months, according to NHTSA’s Office of Fault Investigations Continue ODI.
Phantom brakes mean that the car’s brakes are activated unexpectedly, causing the car to decelerate quickly and unnecessarily.
According to the report, “The vehicle suddenly braked while driving at highway speed.
“Complainants report that rapid deceleration can occur without warning, is random and often repeats within a driving cycle.”
One driver in Texas said their Tesla would brake “without warning or provocative in cruise control” and decelerate from 75 mph to 40 mph in just seconds.
The driver claimed they were almost hit behind, and Tesla was unresponsive when contacted about the virtual braking system.
“I documented these incidents, reported them to Tesla, took the car in for diagnostics and they had no answer and implied that it can happen sometimes, however, it shouldn’t be a problem.” , reader complaints.
“THIS IS A DANGEROUS PROBLEM and an accident waiting to cause serious injury.”
Following the news of the NHTSA report on Thursday, Tesla shares fell below $900, Follow the market reported.
In August, NHTSA opened an investigation into Tesla’s Partial Autonomous Driving system following a series of emergency vehicle crashes.
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