Tesla won’t have to Recall Vehicles Despite Accident


Despite an accident where a Tesla car drove into the back of a truck on autopilot, killing the driver of the Tesla car, the company will not have to recall its cars.

Tesla has been exonerated following a six month, high-profile investigation into the accident.  Concerns mounted when it emerged the vehicle were using “Autopilot” software which allows the car to drive almost autonomously.

The U.S National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it could not find any evidence of a defect.  As a result, Tesla does not have to issue a product recall.

In May 7th 2015 Joshua Brown from Ohio was driving a Tesla Model S and was killed when his car collided with a truck while operating in “Autopilot” mode.  Since then the software and Tesla have been under scrutiny.

Videos on Youtube showed drivers involved in close calls while driving Tesla cars operating on “Autopilot.”

The investigation prompted calls for regulators to oversee developments in this aspect of vehicle technology.  Other car manufacturers kept a close eye on the investigation as many are developing their own brand of self driving car.

Jack Landskroner, the lawyer for the Brown family said the family plans to evaluate all the information “before making any decisions or taking any position on these matters.”

74 mph in a 65 mph zone

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board which is also investigating the crash said the vehicle was travelling at 74 mph in a 65 mph zone at the time of the accident.

It said, he “should have been able to take some action before the crash, like braking, steering or attempting to avoid the vehicle. He took none of those actions.”

Recently, Tesla introduced added safety measures into the “Autopilot” software following concerns it was lulling drivers into a false sense of security.  The newer system will not kick in if drivers do not respond to audible warnings to take back control of the car.

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Marc Cameron
Marc Cameron was born and raised in Bayswater, London. Marc has always been a successful student. He obtained his bachelor in economics and master in psychology of economic life from the London School of Economics. He even received a Phd degree from that same school. John was really lucky and found a research and development position in a big company right after graduating two years ago. After spending 5 years with his girlfriend Veronica, Marc got married last year and has a 6 months old baby. They are looking to buy a bigger appartement but can’t seem to find any interesting offers so far. Marc Cameron goes running every morning and has been learning on how to master slackline during weekends for a few months now.