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NHTSA Investigating Second Car Crash Involving a Tesla Vehicle

Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jul 07, 2016 in Car Accidents

blue smashed carFor the second time in the last three months, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a car crash involving a Tesla vehicle. The NHTSA is trying to find out if the Autopilot system in the Tesla Model X SUV was engaged at the time of the accident on July 1. The organization is gathering information from Tesla, the driver and Pennsylvania state police to find out what happened.

Reports have stated that the SUV hit a guard rail, went across the road, hit a concrete median and flipped over. The driver and his son-in-law, who was a passenger in the vehicle, were not hurt in the crash.

There are conflicting reports about whether the Autopilot system was engaged. The driver told a police officer that he had activated the Autopilot feature, but a Tesla spokesperson said there was “no reason to believe that Autopilot had anything to do with this accident.”

However, Tesla has revealed that it never received logs from the owner of the car, which would show if Autopilot was engaged. Tesla claims it made multiple attempts to contact the owner to get the logs.

This NHTSA investigation comes just days after the organization launched a formal review of Tesla technology. A crash in May killed the driver of a Model S when his car hit a tractor trailer while in Autopilot.

Some experts in the car industry are questioning whether Autopilot systems like those in Tesla vehicles give drivers a false sense of safety that could lead to an accident. Tesla has stated that this technology is still in a “testing” mode.

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