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National Safety Agency Opens Probe Into Touchscreens on Tesla Model S Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tuesday it had opened an investigation into 63,000 Tesla Model S cars after reports of media-control unit failures that led to the loss of the use of touchscreens. The auto safety agency …

Safety Board to Report on Tesla Autopilot Crash, Issue Safety Recommendations

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday to establish the probable cause of a fatal March 2018 Tesla Autopilot crash in California and will issue a series of safety recommendations, two people briefed on the …

Tesla Pushes Back on Call for Probe; Denies Unintended Acceleration in Vehicles

Tesla Inc. said on Monday there was no unintended acceleration in its vehicles, as it responded to a petition to a U.S. safety regulator to investigate and recall around 500,000 of the company’s electric cars over the alleged defect. On …

Tesla’s Futuristic Door Handles Blamed for Death in Crash

The futuristic door handles on Tesla Inc.’s Model S are being blamed for a fatal crash in which a police officer was unable to pull a man to safety from his burning car. Omar Awan, a 48-year-old anesthesiologist, was driving …

2 Fatal Tesla Crashes in Florida Trigger Federal Safety Investigations

U.S. authorities are investigating a fatal Tesla Inc. Model S crash in Florida last Sunday that killed the driver and caused a massive fire, the second fatal Tesla crash in the state this week being probed, the National Highway Traffic …

U.S. Safety Chief Contradicts Tesla Safety Claims on Autopilot

A U.S. traffic safety regulator on Wednesday contradicted Tesla Inc.’s claim that the agency had found that its Autopilot technology significantly reduced crashes, saying that regulators “did not assess” the system’s effectiveness in a 2017 report. Autopilot, a form of …

U.S. Safety Board ‘Unhappy’ Tesla Released Crash Information

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Sunday it was “unhappy” that electric car maker Tesla Inc made public information about the crash of its Model X vehicle on Autopilot that killed the driver last month. The agency “needs …

Tesla ‘Operational Limitations’ Cited for ‘Major Role’ in Crash by Safety Board

The chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday “operational limitations” in the Tesla Model S played a “major role” in a May 2016 crash that killed a driver using the vehicle’s semi-autonomous “Autopilot” system. The …

Investigation Concludes Tesla Not at Fault in Self-Driving Car Crash

The push to bring self-driving cars to American roads got a significant boost on Thursday when the nation’s chief auto safety regulator essentially cleared Tesla Motors Inc.’s Autopilot system of fault in a fatal 2016 crash. The U.S. National Highway …

Tesla CEO Musk Defends Reporting Autopilot Fatality 9 Days After Accident

Tesla Motors alerted regulators to a fatality in one of its electric cars in partial self-driving Autopilot mode nine days after it crashed, the company said on Tuesday, defending its decision not to make the accident public before a federal …