The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has started a probe on Tesla Inc.’s autopilot system after reported crashes involving its vehicles, Bloomberg reported.
- The investigation looks into an estimated 765,000 models of the Tesla Y, X, S, and 3 from 2014 to 2021, prompted by 11 crashes that led to 17 injuries and at least one death.
- The earliest of the crashes was recorded in California in January 2018, with the most recent on July 10 in San Diego. Other incidents were in Florida, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Massachusetts, Indiana, and Connecticut.
- The NHTSA said most incidents were after dark, and crash scenes included scene-control measures involving first-responder vehicle lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board, and road cones, and all vehicles were in either autopilot or traffic-aware cruise control.
- The agency in June said it would mandate carmakers to report crashes that involved automated driving technologies at least a day after being made aware of the incidents.
Tesla representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment. TSLA is down 5.04%.