On February 16, 2023, Tesla confirmed a recall of more than 362,000 vehicles equipped with faulty Full Self-Driving Beta software. The recall comes after years of investigations into Tesla vehicle crashes and concerns about the company’s advertising of its driver-assistance features.
When the Full Self-Driving Beta software was initially introduced to the public, Tesla claimed that it was more advanced than its Autopilot features, providing an easier experience for drivers traveling through busy city streets.
However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall report highlights that the vehicles navigate in especially unsafe ways at intersections.
Tesla models 3, S, X and Y from years as early as 2016 are included in the recall. Tesla claims to remedy the faulty software by releasing an over-the-air update to all cars impacted.
How Is Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Software Malfunctioning?
The NHTSA said that vehicles with Full Self-Driving Beta software turned on may “[travel] straight through an intersection while in a turn-only lane, [enter] a stop sign-controlled intersection without coming to a complete stop, or [proceed] into an intersection during a steady yellow traffic signal without due caution.”
Additionally, the agency said the vehicles may inappropriately respond to posted speed limits.
For years, Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features have had a troubled history of concerning flaws and vehicle crashes causing injuries and death.
In 2021, the NHTSA found that Tesla vehicles using Autopilot and self-driving technology were involved in 273 reported crashes over a nine-month period. The United States Department of Justice opened an investigation into Tesla’s self-driving claims and accidents in which Autopilot or Full Self-Driving features were on.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles accused Tesla of falsely advertising its autopilot and self-driving features as “autonomous vehicles” when they are anything but. Instead, drivers must serve as real-time testers of the product in incredibly unsafe conditions.
Despite years of investigations and the current recall, the electric car company continues to dodge accountability for its false advertising of the Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features.
Consumers were told the products they paid thousands of dollars for were safe and “state-of-the-art technology.” Instead, Tesla continues to profit from unfinished products while innocent people are unknowingly put at risk every day.
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Before a commercial product becomes available for purchase to the public, it should be fully tested and vetted to ensure that it is safe for consumers to use. Products that are not properly tested could pose a serious risk to those who come in contact with them — particularly if that product is something as large as an automobile or motor vehicle.
Simmons Hanly Conroy is here to help victims of Tesla’s negligence hold the electric car company accountable. With decades of proven experience, our attorneys can help make the legal process as smooth as possible.
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