Autonomous vehicles have moved from the realm of science fiction to fact. Because of that, there are many worries that technology is not yet advanced enough to make these vehicles as secure as they should be. Companies that produce autonomous vehicles, like Tesla, tout the advantages of self-driving cars, including improved traffic flow, lower carbon emissions, and greater road safety, but customers are now debating whether these cars are suitable for the road due to the rising number of Tesla accidents caused by the alleged technological flaws in the vehicle.
Tesla recalled the beta software for its “Autosteer on City Streets function,” also known as Full Self-Driving (“FSD”), at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”). The worrying trend of Tesla recalls continues with this one. Drivers who own or lease a Tesla equipped with self-driving or autopilot technology or who have been hurt in a Tesla accident should speak with a lawyer to learn more about their rights and what they can do to hold Tesla responsible. Contact us at 866-778-5500 or complete our online form to learn how our attorneys can assist.
Recalls have happened before at Tesla. Some estimates place the recall rate as high as 50% of all Tesla vehicles. And while many of these recalls only address minor problems, not all Tesla recalls do.
In terms of the Tesla FSD recall, Tesla recalled more than 360,000 vehicles with the FSD function after pressure from American safety officials. The Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y Tesla cars, which were produced between 2016 and 2023, are all included in the recall.
This series of recalls resulted from a deeper NHTSA inquiry into Tesla’s Autopilot driving technologies.
Since a Florida driver using the Autopilot system was killed when his car collided with a tractor-trailer in 2016, Tesla has come under NHTSA investigation. A thorough inquiry into Tesla’s Autopilot accidents resulted from that incident. Tesla has issued numerous recalls since 2017 in addition to the current FSD recall. The following Tesla recalls notable:
If Tesla owners suspect a serious design or manufacturing flaw in their car, they should verify the vehicle’s identification number and speak with an attorney.
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A combination of technologies that work together to independently steer, brake, and accelerate vehicles make up Tesla’s autopilot function. As a result of continuing debates regarding the security of Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD Beta support features, NHTSA issued the recall. NHTSA informed the automaker that it had found problems with how certain situations affected the performance of cars with the FSD software.
According to NHTSA, Tesla’s FSD may lead the car to violate traffic laws, posing a significant safety risk. Tesla acknowledged that some of the following concerning behaviors were exposed by the technology:
Furthermore, according to some, independent testing revealed that the company’s FSD software disregarded safety signs, failed to identify children in crosswalks, ignored school bus signals, veered into oncoming traffic, and ignored children in crosswalks.
Tesla has found 18 warranty claims that could be connected to FSD technology. The business asserts that it is not aware of any incidents of accidents or fatalities connected to the technology. Tesla consented to deliver an over-the-air (OTA) notice to the affected vehicles in the upcoming weeks. According to the company, the OTA update should fix some of the present flaws in the software’s ability to handle specific driving maneuvers. Regarding compensation for owners of cars whose Teslas don’t have the most recent FSD software, the business hasn’t made any announcements. Further, it doesn’t seem likely that Tesla would voluntarily pay accident victims who think the collision was brought on by flawed Tesla software given its stance that no one was hurt as a result of the FSD technology.’’
Tesla’s owner’s manuals state that drivers must maintain active control and keep their hands on the wheel, but company representatives have previously stated that the cars come equipped with all the hardware needed to accomplish autonomy. Consumers are uncertain about the capabilities and safety of Tesla’s vehicles because of the company’s contradictory position on them. Numerous drivers and state authorities also contend that the business has deceived its clients. The safety reports, statements, and manuals of the business are allegedly not legal under consumer protection laws, according to consumers.
One of the most difficult kinds of lawsuits is a product liability claim based on misrepresentation. In these situations, customers must be able to prove that the maker, seller, or dealer of the product made false statements about its features on purpose. These claims frequently form a substantial component of a consumer fraud case, necessitating thorough knowledge of intricate federal and state laws.