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Fri Jan 17, 2020, 10:59 AM

U.S. will look at sudden acceleration complaints involving 500,000 Tesla vehicles

Source: Reuters

David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Friday it will review a petition asking the agency to formally investigate 500,000 Tesla Inc vehicles over sudden unintended acceleration reports.

The petition covers 2012 through 2019 model year Tesla Model S, 2016 through 2019 Tesla Model X, and 2018 through 2019 Tesla Model 3 vehicles, the agency said. The petition cites 127 consumer complaints to NHTSA involving 123 unique vehicles. The reports include 110 crashes and 52 injuries, the agency added.

Tesla did not immediately comment Friday.

Many of the complaints report sudden acceleration incidents when attempting to park vehicles in a garage or at a curb. Others claimed the sudden acceleration happened while in traffic or when using driver assistance systems and led to crashes.



Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-probe/u-s-to-review-petition-seeking-formal-defect-probe-into-500000-tesla-vehicles-idUSKBN1ZG1IL

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Reply U.S. will look at sudden acceleration complaints involving 500,000 Tesla vehicles (Original post)
Omaha Steve Jan 17 OP
Perseus Jan 17 #1
Nitram Jan 17 #3
dalton99a Jan 17 #4
Perseus Jan 17 #5
Perseus Jan 17 #6
dalton99a Jan 17 #7
Perseus Jan 17 #8
bucolic_frolic Jan 17 #2

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 11:12 AM

1. They need to look into Hyundai's Elantra Touring as well...

I understand that over 300,000 Hyundai's Elantra Touring models built between 2008 through 2012 have the same exact issue, the "Steering Column" suddenly stops working making the steering wheel very hard and thus a real danger to control the car in case of emergency.

At this time I don't know if there have been any accidents that have occurred from this problem. Hyundai is very aware of this problem but they refuse to do anything about it. They came out with a recall for the software and what I understand they failed to inform "Elantra Touring" customers about it, even though they claim they did.

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Response to Perseus (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 11:30 AM

3. Speaking of steering columns...

I drove a used Toyota RAV4 back to the office that we had just purchased as a work vehicle. Driving down the interstate at 70 mph the steering column suddenly started to move around. It turns out the petite young woman who accompanied us on the test drive had failed to properly lock it in place after readjusting it when she took a turn at the wheel.

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Response to Perseus (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 11:42 AM

4. The recall was in the news back then

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/business/hyundai-recalls-vehicles-over-power-steering-loss.html
Hyundai Recalls Vehicles Over Power Steering Loss

https://money.cnn.com/2015/03/01/autos/hyundai-recall/
Hyundai recalls 200,000 vehicles for power steering defect

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 11:59 AM

5. The recall was for the software, I took mine and they updated the software but not the mechanics

I will check your links to see if I missed something.

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 12:09 PM

6. As I said, its software only

The EPS light comes on and the car loses the the hydraulic function. At the beginning, I would turn the car off, then back on and the problem went away, but the 3rd time it happened it never came back. I took it to the dealer for the update, they updated the software, which was a useless update, and said the colunm had to be replaced at a cost of over $2,000.00 between the part and labour.

No Hyundai has not taken care of the problem, if you go out and google for the problem you will find hundreds of posts about the issue, and news about the over 300,000 cars of the same model who have the problem.

Hyundai may say the loss of hydraulic system is within the "manageable" limits, that may be for a man, but my wife was not able to handle it, and even for a man, if a moment came up where you had to steer the wheel to save you from an accident, I can bet 90% of people would not be able to do it, there would be an accident. My assumption is that there are not many accidents because most people will not drive the car once the problem comes up.

If not accidents have occurred, which I doubt, it is an accident waiting to happen.

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 01:50 PM

8. Thank you

I am glad because Hyundai knew they had a problem and continued to use the same parts. Very dangerous.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 11:29 AM

2. I don't have electric windows yet so I'm not worried

Things get more complicated as they get built out with the advancement of time. Statistically I'm not as safe, but I'm not a statistic yet, knock wood.

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