Tesla vehicles have become increasingly popular in recent years, with many drivers praising the performance and convenience of owning one. However, there have been claims of sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) with Tesla vehicles. In January 2021, a Tesla Model 3 crashed at a West Vancouver ferry terminal, and the subsequent investigation revealed that the crash was caused by driver error, and not SUA.
The West Vancouver Police Department recently released a statement saying that the crash was the result of “human-caused” negligence, and the 68-year old driver was issued a ticket for driving without due care and attention.
Tesla has long denied that SUA is an issue with their vehicles. They have provided the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with extensive data from over 200 claims of SUA, and the NHTSA found no evidence of a problem. Tesla also released a blog post in 2020 dedicated to debunking the claims.
Despite Tesla’s efforts to clear their name, the claims of SUA in Tesla vehicles continue to resurface. It is important to note that in all of the cases where SUA was claimed, the data showed that it was actually pedal misapplication, in which the driver presses the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.
When it comes to Tesla vehicles, safety should always be a top priority. Drivers should be aware of the potential danger of sudden unintended acceleration and should take the proper precautions to ensure their own safety and the safety of others. Furthermore, drivers should also be aware of the potential risks of pedal misapplication and should make sure to take the necessary steps to avoid this from happening in the first place.