Another day, another Tesla recall—at least, it might feel that way if you’ve been reading the news. The embattled electric vehicle maker has been the subject of numerous recalls, and there’s another one on the horizon.
According the Kelley Blue Book website, there have been 10 recalls so far. While not all of them are due to safety issues, such as the recall for malfunctioning trunk latches, there have been some significant causes for concern.
It’s important to pay attention to vehicle recalls and have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible. Failing to comply with safety recalls could create liability issues if you’re in a related crash.
If you’ve been injured in or by a Tesla, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny for legal assistance.
The potential recall
The potential recall applies to Teslas with the autopilot feature. AP reports, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that it is upgrading the Tesla probe to an engineering analysis…Documents posted Thursday by the agency raise some serious issues about Tesla’s Autopilot system. The agency found that it’s being used in areas where its capabilities are limited, and that many drivers aren’t taking action to avoid crashes despite warnings from the vehicle.”
This probe involves over 800,000 vehicles, which is about how many the automaker has sold since model year 2014. The engineering analysis is the final stage of investigation before a recall. If the NHTSA decides there’s grounds for a recall, they should let consumers know within a year.
The problem with Tesla’s autopilot system is that it makes for complacent drivers. Although the vehicle has a warning system, critics argue that it’s not enough to ensure drivers are paying attention in time to avoid a crash.
So far, Teslas have been involved in 16 autopilot accidents with emergency vehicles, with 15 people injured and one dead. While the majority of drivers were alerted before the crashes, and the automatic braking system was engaged, drivers simply weren’t paying attention in time to intervene.
Whether your vehicle is subject to the potential recall or not, this is a sobering reminder to pay attention while driving. Even cutting-edge technology is not a silver bullet against collisions and injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident as a result of a defective car or someone else’s negligence, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny today. We can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
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