On Friday, the 4th of October 2019, the US NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) had issued a statement saying that the Executive branch of US Department of Transportation had launched a review on claims that the Palo Alto, CA-based e-vehicle maker had botched to issue a recall following a software upgrade in 2,000 Model S and Model X vehicle in May this year, believed to be the reason behind a potential deduction of driving range.
Besides, according to Friday’s (October 4th) petition, Tesla Inc. vehicles from 2012 to 2019 models had been receiving a yearly battery management software upgrade aimed at fixing a potential glitch that could result in non-crash fires, adding that the plaintiffs believed the upgrade had affected driving ranges of the vehicles which went through a software upgrade on May this year.
On top of that, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had also added that it had initiated a formal review in order to assess the claims. Besides, latest petition against Tesla Inc. followed a proposed class-action lawsuit filed in California on last August claiming that the e-vehicle maker had forged ahead with a software upgrade despite knowing that some of the vehicles were defective and an upgradation could lead to a loss in both performance and driving range.
On top of that, the lawsuit had also added that Tesla Inc. went through a software upgrade despite knowing it would hurt performance to avoid a number of warranty battery replacements to rightful customers.