December 4, 2023

The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) stated Tuesday it’s opening an investigation right into a deadly crash involving a 2018 Tesla Mannequin 3 in California.

The July 5 crash in South Lake Tahoe killed the driving force of a Subaru Impreza after a head-on collision with the Tesla Mannequin 3. The NHTSA suspects the superior driver help system was in use through the accident.

Tesla (AP Photograph/David Zalubowski / AP Newsroom)

That is the primary new particular crash investigation involving Tesla and the suspected use of driver help programs since two had been opened in March, together with one into the February deadly crash involving a 2014 Tesla Mannequin S and a fireplace truck in Contra Costa County, California. 

The hearth division stated a Tesla struck one in every of its vans and that the Tesla driver was pronounced useless on the scene.

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Interior of Tesla Model 3

In Tesla’s Mannequin 3 sedan, a single group of semiconductors allows options similar to speaker management and voice recognition, in keeping with a research. (Zhang Peng/LightRocket/Getty Pictures / Getty Pictures)

Additionally in March, the protection administration started trying into complaints that steering wheels for Tesla’s Mannequin Y autos would fall off, whereas opening one other investigation into studies that the entrance seat belts in some Tesla Mannequin X SUVs weren’t correctly secured.

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Since 2016, the NHTSA has opened greater than three dozen Tesla particular crash investigations in instances the place superior driver help programs similar to Autopilot had been suspected of getting used, with 20 crash deaths reported.

Tesla's CEO Elon Musk in a car in Beijing, China

Tesla CEO Elon Musk will get right into a Tesla as he leaves a resort in Beijing Could 31, 2023. (Reuters/Tingshu Wang / Reuters Pictures)

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The NHTSA despatched a letter July 3, demanding solutions by July 19, on questions involving the design, engineering, evaluation, modification, manufacturing, testing, evaluation and analysis of Tesla’s superior driver help system.

Tesla Model S

The inside of a Tesla Mannequin S is proven in autopilot mode in San Francisco April 7, 2016.  (REUTERS/Alexandria Sage/File Photograph / Reuters Pictures)

The letter contained requests asking Tesla to checklist what number of topic autos had been manufactured on the market, lease or operation within the U.S. by mannequin and 12 months. It additionally requested the corporate to furnish cumulative and separate mileage totals by car mannequin, and by mannequin 12 months versus calendar 12 months and quarter, and to replace its September 2022 response to the NHTSA’s August 2022 info request on how Autopilot works. 

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The investigation covers 830,000 Tesla autos and follows a dozen crashes through which Tesla autos hit stopped emergency autos.

Tesla, which is slated to report quarterly outcomes Wednesday afternoon, didn’t reply to FOX Enterprise’ request for remark.

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Reuters contributed to this report.