The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the US Department of Transportation has included four different reports of sudden unexpected acceleration (SUA) Tesla Models were due to user error.
NHTSA first began investing claims in January, shortly after Brian Sparks requested the agency to recall all Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles made during or after 2013. In its review, NHTSA analyzed the spark of 232 SUA complaints made available to the agency. , As well as 14 other complaints and all available crash data.
The NHTSA’s office has now determined that all crashes involving the SUA that cite sparks were caused by the driver. Therefore, NHTSA is denying Sparks’ petition to formally review 662,109 vehicles and potentially withdraw them.
“There is no evidence of any fault in accelerator pedal assemblies, motor control systems, or brake systems that have contributed to any of the cited incidents,” The report states. “There is no evidence of a design factor contributing to the possibility of a pedal going wrong. The theory provided about the possible electronic cause of SUA in subject vehicles is based on misconceptions about system design and log data. “
The company said last January, “We investigate every incident where a driver has accused us that their vehicle is contrary to their input and in every case we have vehicle data.” In other words, The car accelerates if, and only if, the driver asked to do so, and it slows down or stops when the driver applies the brakes. “
The NHTSA investigation confirmed Tesla’s own findings. TechCrunch has arrived for Tesla and will update this story if we hear back.