The California Attorney General’s Office is investigating the safety of Tesla’s Autopilot feature as well as the company’s marketing practices. This is reported by The Verge with a reference to CNBC.
Tesla car owner Greg Wester spoke about the investigation. He said he got a call from the California Attorney general’s office with a question about a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission last year. At the time, he reported his car’s “phantom braking” problems and false claims about the company’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) system.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the possibility of fully self-driving cars back in 2016. He said that all new Tesla electric cars will have the necessary equipment for this. However, it can hardly be said that the company managed to fully implement the plan.
As you know, many legal cases related to the safety of its cars have already been initiated against Tesla. In California, the company was sued by owners complaining of “phantom braking.” According to them, Tesla cars brake sharply on autopilot for seemingly no reason.
In China, thousands of the company’s cars are being recalled for the same reason. And in the US, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began its own investigation into the strange behavior of cars during braking.
In addition, the US Department of Justice is investigating Tesla’s potential criminal liability for at least some of the accidents, both with fatal consequences and without them related to the autopilot problem.