The US government is currently looking into Tesla’s braking incidents.
Indeed, it was recently reported that many Tesla cars are experiencing ‘phantom braking’ problems that cause them to brake unexpectedly on motorways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received around 354 complaints in the past nine months and has then started an investigation of 416,000 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles from 2021-22.
The issue seems to be connected to the Autopilot driver assistance system, which gives the vehicle control over some elements of braking and steering when driving. Tesla has told drivers to remain vigilant and supervise their vehicle as it is not completely autonomous.
Hence, the NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has started a preliminary evaluation into Tesla over the number of complaints in order to determine the severity of the problem and assess the safety of the cars.