Tesla named in class action lawsuit over sudden acceleration issue in Model X vehicles


Since the introduction of the Model X, Defendant Tesla Motors, Inc., has sold approximately 16,000 Model X vehicles throughout the United States. Model X vehicles operate with an electronic acceleration control system by which complex computer and sensor systems communicate an accelerator pedal’s position to the vehicle’s onboard computers, telling the vehicle how fast it should go.

Able to accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in 2.9 to 3.8 seconds (depending on battery pack) and equipped with advanced safety features including Forward Collision Warning and Advanced Early Braking, Tesla proclaims that the Model X is “the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history.”

As alleged, the Model X is susceptible to sudden unintended acceleration (“SUA”), in which the Model X will accelerate at full power even though the driver reports that they did not command the acceleration by pressing on the accelerator pedal, either at all or not to the degree that would call for the application of full power.