Tesla Inc (TSLA) In Hot Water With NTSB Following Comments

Tesla Inc (TSLA) In Hot Water With NTSB Following Comments

Tesla Inc (TSLA) In Hot Water With NTSB Following Comments

Tesla issued a statement this week in response to a local television appearance by the family of Walter Huang, a 38-year-old who died last month in his Model X using the driver-assistance system Autopilot.

The reason behind the NTSB's decision is that Tesla violated the agreement of the investigation by releasing information before it was confirmed and approved by the NTSB.

In its investigation of that crash, the NTSB found that the user interface for Tesla's Autopilot system had played a role in Brown's death. Such releases of incomplete information often lead to speculation and incorrect assumptions about the probable cause of a crash, which does a disservice to the investigative process and the traveling public. The family has hired Minami Tamaki LLP, which said in a statement Wednesday that it believes Tesla's Autopilot is defective and likely caused Huang's death.

The family of the Apple engineer who died in a Tesla auto crash last month reportedly has hired a law firm to "explore legal options", after believing that the carmaker's faulty technology is what led to his death. The NTSB's investigation of the March 23 crash involving Huang contributed to a major selloff in the company's shares late last month.

"The overreliance issue is probably the most serious issue with all these systems, so that goes with Tesla that was shown there", said Gersch. "We chose to revoke Tesla's party status and informed Mr. Musk in a phone call last evening and via letter today". Tesla claims it will file a complaint about the NTSB to Congress.

"It's mostly, like, people cancel because, you know, they just needed a vehicle and we didn't have a auto for them", he said.

Tesla's statements have highlighted the need for drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and pay attention to the road at all times while Autopilot is engaged.

Tesla is looking to begin production of the new Model Y SUV in November 2019, according to a new report.

The NTSB's action means Tesla may not gain access to some information obtained by the agency's investigators before it is made public, but frees the company to vigorously defend the Autopilot technology. Huang's family signaled this week that it is exploring legal action against Tesla.

Eye witness reports for that specific instance said that the man behind the wheel was watching a "Harry Potter" movie, and thus wasn't abiding by the advised rules to pay attention even when autopilot is in use. Also, the company continues to invest money in its Gigafactory battery facility. The original plan gave a preview of the subsequent launches of the Model S, Model X and Model 3, as well as their solar energy products. Tesla says there is one auto death in the USA for every 86 million miles driven, but for Tesla vehicles, it's one death for every 320 million miles.

Tesla said Thursday it will no longer participate in a United States probe of a fatal crash after disagreeing with officials over public disclosures about the investigation.

The NSTB rarely revokes party status in other investigations, but it has happened. However, Tesla is pushing back strong, and has released an updated statement regarding the accident. Fortune Magazine alleged in July, 2016, that Tesla knew about another fatal accident before the company sold $2 billion in stock, triggering a probe from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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