On Friday, the 17th of January 2020, US NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) had issued a public statement saying it would initiate a review of a petition urging the agency to launch a formal investigation against roughly half a million Tesla Inc.
vehicles over multiple reports of abrupt and unintentional acceleration of the Tesla Inc. vehicles, remarking another roadblock for the most dominant force in the e-vehicle market which appeared to be leaning more on to Chinese and European markets amid a bottomless hunger of Trump Administration for tariff hikes.
However, according to US NHTSA’s Friday’s (January 17th) announcement, the petition covers Tesla Model S between 2012 to 2019, Tesla Model X between 2016 and 2019 alongside Tesla Model 3 through 2018, while the petition had also addressed 127 separate consumer complaints on 123 unique vehicles which involved 110 crashes and 52 injuries.
Besides, late on Friday (January 17th), releasing a redacted version of the lengthy petition, NHTSA said, “Tesla vehicles experience unintended acceleration at rates far exceeding other cars on the roads and urged NHTSA to recall all Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles produced from 2013 to the present.
” On top of that, the petition had also referenced media reports of crashes stemmed from unintentional acceleration of Tesla Inc. vehicles.