The petition that was submitted to the National Highway Transport Safety Administration included 127 Tesla owners who claimed to have faced SUA. “We investigate every single incident where the driver alleges to us that their vehicle accelerated contrary to their input, and in every case where we had the vehicle’s data, we confirmed that the car operated as designed,” Tesla reaffirms in the blog.
In the blog, tesla calls the petition to be “completely false”. It is noted that a tesla short seller, not even a tesla owner Brian Sparks who is incentivized to push down the stock in order to fatten his wallet brought this petition. Short sellers spread FUD in order for the stock to go down and make a profit in the process; this tactic has not been working well for Tesla short-sellers, for they have been losing billions of dollars in the process.
It should also be noted that these allegations have been going on for some time and one Tesla owner and critics Jason Hughes, who dove deep into the company software, came out to defend the company and went on record to offer a bounty to whoever claims that a Tesla was involved in SUA. of which of the 17 incidences reported to him where all owners fault according to the logs of data provided by tesla cars.
The following is the full blog on the issue
There is no “unintended acceleration” in Tesla vehicles
The Tesla Team – January 20, 2020
This petition is completely false and was brought by a Tesla short-seller. We investigate every single incident where the driver alleges to us that their vehicle accelerated contrary to their input, and in every case where we had the vehicle’s data, we confirmed that the car operated as designed. In other words, the car accelerates if, and only if, the driver told it to do so, and it slows or stops when the driver applies the brake.
While accidents caused by a mistaken press of the accelerator pedal have been alleged for nearly every make/model of the vehicle on the road, the accelerator pedals in Model S, X and 3 vehicles have two independent position sensors, and if there is any error, the system defaults to cut off motor torque. Likewise, applying the brake pedal simultaneously with the accelerator pedal will override the accelerator pedal input and cut off motor torque, and regardless of the torque, sustained braking will stop the car. Unique to Tesla, we also use the Autopilot sensor suite to help distinguish potential pedal misapplications and cut torque to mitigate or prevent accidents when we’re confident the driver’s input was unintentional. Each system is independent and records data, so we can examine exactly what happened.
We are transparent with NHTSA, and routinely review customer complaints of unintended acceleration with them. Over the past several years, we discussed with NHTSA the majority of the complaints alleged in the petition. In every case we reviewed with them, the data proved the vehicle functioned properly.