Update – Tesla has since refuted the claims with a post on their website.
Modern cars have definitely gotten a lot smarter compared to cars back in the day, where they are now equipped with computers and sensors that are supposed to make the driving experience better. However, sometimes the addition of technology can make things worse and more complicated.
Take for example a recent petition in which it is urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to formally recall 500,000 Tesla vehicles over complaints that for whatever reason, these Tesla cars are suddenly accelerating by themselves seemingly out of the blue, leading to crashes and accidents.
In one extreme case, one Tesla owner alleges that their vehicle, a 2015 Tesla Model S 85D was closed and locked when suddenly, the car started accelerating forward where it crashed into a parked car. Another driver claimed that they were driving up to their garage door when the car suddenly lurched forward, driving through the garage door in the process and only stopping when it hit a wall.
It is unclear as to what is causing these cars to suddenly accelerate, but Tesla has yet to officially comment on the petition and the NHTSA’s review of the petition.