Tesla has firmly rejected claims that some of its cars tend to accelerate suddenly and unexpectedly.
The allegation was announced last week when it emerged that more than 100 Tesla owners had signed a petition citing the problem as a reason.
The petition is currently being handled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTSA) checked before deciding whether to deserve formal approval.
Tesla: Claims are "completely wrong".
In a meaningful statement on Monday, January 20, the Elon Musk company insisted that Tesla vehicles have no "unintended acceleration" described the petition as "completely wrong".
It was said that it had been brought in by a short seller (who could benefit if the price of a company's shares fell), a statement that CNBC first communicated when the petition news became public last week.
Tesla said it was always transparent with the NHTSA and that it had discussed "the majority of the complaints alleged in the petition" with the agency in recent years, adding that this was the case in any case data was confirmed that the car was working as planned. In other words, the car accelerated when the driver pressed the appropriate pedal and slowed down when he applied the brakes.
Accidental operation of the accelerator pedal is a well-documented driving mistake. In Japan, for example, the problem is currently receiving a lot of attention after a series of accidents caused by the mistake, most of which affect older drivers. Slidable floor mats are also known to operate the accelerator pedal, causing Toyota to recall several million vehicles in 2009.
Tesla owners who signed the petition asked the NHTSA to recall 500,000 cars built between 201
One of the complainants in the petition refers to information from a resident of Henderson, Nevada, that the two sudden acceleration events occurred within three months. One of the suspected incidents happened when the owner maneuvered his Model S into a parking space. The vehicle was reportedly "accelerated uncontrollably," resulting in an accident that caused cracked ribs and property damage worth $ 18,000.
However, due to the unexpected accelerations, Tesla will try to fix the problem as soon as possible. However, the NHTSA has not yet submitted a schedule for its preliminary investigation.