The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday that it is considering whether to initiate an investigation into “sudden sudden acceleration” of 500,000 Tesla vehicles, according to Reuters.
The petition concerns the Tesla Model S (model year 2012-2019), Model X (2016-2019) and Model 3 (2018-2019) vehicles, Reuters He says. It also cites 127 consumer complaints, 123 unique vehicles, 110 accidents and 52 injuries. A Tesla spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“As is the agency’s standard practice in these matters, NHTSA will carefully review the petition and relevant data,” said an agency spokesman in a statement.
Anyone can petition asking the NHTSA to open an investigation into an alleged security flaw. After conducting a technical analysis, the agency’s Investigation Office for Defects informs the petitioner whether he will proceed with an investigation.
This is not the first time that Tesla has faced charges of vehicle malfunction. In November 2018, the electric automaker resolved a class lawsuit from customers who claimed that their Model S and X vehicles would suddenly accelerate without warning. Another lawsuit was filed last year by Disney’s live action star Mena Massoud Aladdin, those who claimed a defective suspension caused the wheel of his Model 3 to come off one day after purchasing it. And recently, NHTSA has launched an investigation into vehicle fire complaints related to battery management systems in some Model S and X vehicles.
Tesla has also been targeted by safety concerns involving its advanced driver assistance system, Autopilot. The National Transportation Safety Board announced yesterday that it will hold a public hearing in February to determine the likely cause of a fatal Tesla accident in Mountain View, California in 2017.
Numerous Tesla owners have been reported to have crashed their vehicles while using autopilot, as well as a handful of people who have been killed while using autopilot. Tesla has consistently said that drivers who use autopilot are safer than those who don’t.