Tesla advertises its vehicles to be the “safest cars in the world” by working to make their vehicles less likely to be involved in auto accidents. However, that statement is not necessarily true. A recent article by The Washington Post suggests that Tesla’s Autopilot has been involved in more accidents than previously reported, prompting recalls and lawsuits. If your car crash involved a Tesla automobile, a Los Angeles car accident attorney can investigate to determine if a product defect or other problem related to the vehicle was a factor in your accident.
Tesla Recalls Thousands of Vehicles with Autopilot Systems
On February 15, 2023, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Safety Recall Report impacting roughly 362,758 Tesla vehicles. The notice states that the estimated percentage of the vehicles with the “defect” was 100 percent. The recall impacted several Tesla models with the Autosteer on City Streets (FSB Beta or Full Self-Driving Beta) feature.
A description of the defect included in the notice explained that in rare circumstances and within operating limitations, the feature could result in several maneuvers before the driver could intervene. In these situations, the risk of a collision could increase.
On January 25, 2023, the NHTSA advised Tesla of the concerns and requested the company address the concerns by filing a recall notice. On February 7, 2023, Tesla agreed to issue a voluntary recall, even though it did not concur with the NHTSA’s analysis.
Tesla Autopilot Lawsuits Being Filed Across the Country
Tesla is facing numerous lawsuits regarding its driver assistance programs, including Autopilot. The NHTSA reports 392 crashes involving driver assistance programs between July 2021 and June 2022. Almost 70% of those crashes involved a Tesla vehicle. Accident victims can seek compensation for the damages caused by the crash.
However, owners not involved in a Tesla crash could also be entitled to compensation. There are allegations that the driver assistance programs for Tesla vehicles are not safe or fully functional. Therefore, owners who paid for these features could be entitled to compensation.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Tesla. It alleges that the driver assistance features and Autopilot do not work as advertised. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges Tesla misled consumers about the effectiveness and safety of these features. Therefore, because of defects in the system, Tesla vehicles could pose a high risk of harm to drivers and the public.
Tesla owners allege numerous problems with Autopilot. Some drivers allege that the system does not recognize motorcycles or emergency vehicles. It allows the vehicle to run red lights and stop signs or veer into oncoming traffic. In some cases, drivers allege the vehicle has hit parked or stationary vehicles.
You may be able to join the Tesla class action lawsuit, or you might have a claim in addition to those presented in the Tesla Autopilot lawsuit. Talking with a Tesla lawsuit attorney is the best way to determine whether you can file a lawsuit against Tesla.
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