NHTSA Evaluating Petition To Investigate 500,000 Tesla Vehicles For Unintended Acceleration

NHTSA Evaluating Petition To Investigate 500,000 Tesla Vehicles For Unintended Acceleration

Just hours after we reported that the NTSB would be investigating a fatal Tesla Model X crash in February, we now learn that the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun an investigation into a petition it has received regarding certain Tesla models.

According to Bloomberg, the petition involves “unintended acceleration in vehicles”.

The NHTSA says its Office of Defects received the defect petition on December 19 and that the request applied to model year 2012 through 2019 Tesla Model S vehicles, model year 2016 through 2019 Tesla Model X vehicles and model year 2018 through 2019 Tesla Model 3 vehicles. This totals about 500,000 Tesla vehicles. 

The petitioner cited 127 consumer complaints to the NHTSA involving 123 separate vehicles. These reports included 110 crashes and 52 injuries.