Feds looking into complaints of unintended acceleration in some Tesla cars

A government agency announced it will look into driver complaints that Tesla electric vehicles may suddenly accelerate on their own.
1:43 | 01/18/20

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Transcript for Feds looking into complaints of unintended acceleration in some Tesla cars
with potential trouble for Tesla. A government agency announcing that it will look into driver complaints that Tesla's electric vehicles may suddenly accelerate on their own. ABC's Marci Gonzalez joins us with that story, Marci, good morning. Reporter: Whit, good morning to you. That petition includes several alarming claims. In one case here in California, a driver claims to have been stepping on the brake when the Tesla went into full acceleration on its own sending the SUV slamming into a parked car. That driver was reportedly injured and is among those raising questions about whether there might be a larger safety issue with these vehicles. This morning, all three of Tesla's widely popular car models under scrutiny after allegations they can accelerate on their own. Potentially causing crashes and injuries. The national highway transportation safety administration reviewing a petitionhat demands an investigation claiming the car's electronics can malfunction causing unintended acceleration while parking. The petitioner writing I believe Tesla vehicles have a structural flaw which puts their drivers and the public at risk. I further believe Tesla must know of this flaw and be unresponsive to it. The allegations against the model 3, model S and model X covering some 500,000 vehicles from model years 2013 to 2019. The nhtsa cites 127 consumer complaints and claims of 110 crashes and 52 injuries. The agency is now reviewing the petition before deciding whether to launch an investigation. We reached out to Tesla for comment but have not gotten a response. Dan. Marci, thank you.

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