Drivers using the wrong pedal were the cause of Tesla‘s incident
Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that that it is investigating claims that Tesla vehicles have an defect leading “sudden unintended acceleration” in the wake of accepting a petition citing 127 claimed incidents.
A few cases of abrupt unintended acceleration involving Tesla vehicles have been disclosed throughout the long term. The most publicized one included a South Korean superstar asserting his Model X accelerated on its own into his garage.
Nonetheless, for each situation, including that one, Tesla claimed that the vehicle’s log demonstrated that it was a user mistake because of pedal misapplication, implying that the driver pushed on the accelerator rather than the brakes.
NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) gave the results of its investigation today affirming that it found that the occurrences were because of “pedal misapplication” — all in all: drivers pressing the wrong pedal.
They wrote in the report:
“After reviewing the available data, ODI has not identified evidence that would support opening a defect investigation into SUA in the subject vehicles. In every instance in which event data was available for review by ODI, the evidence shows that SUA crashes in the complaints cited by the petitioner have been caused by pedal misapplication.
There is no evidence of any fault in the accelerator pedal assemblies, motor control systems, or brake systems that has contributed to any of the cited incidents. There is no evidence of a design factor contributing to increased likelihood of pedal misapplication. The theory provided of a potential electronic cause of SUA in the subject vehicles is based upon inaccurate assumptions about system design and log data.”
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