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.

COMPLAINT

NHTSA opens investigation of allegation of defect in Toyota’s electronic throttle control software

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In a letter dated September 15, 2015, a consumer submitted a petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) alleging that software defects caused an accident experienced by his wife in a model year 2010 Lexus HS250H vehicle as she was attempting to park the vehicle. The petition requests that NHTSA “have Toyota correct software defects in their electronic throttle control software” and then “issue a national recall of all effected [sic] vehicles and have Toyota replace the old faulty code with the new safer code.” The petition will be evaluated to determine if it will be granted or denied.