The government is weighing whether to investigate into the “sudden unexpected speeding up” of 500,000 Tesla vehicles, according to Reuters.
This covers Tesla Model S (2012-2019 model year), Model X (2016-2019), and Model 3 (2018-2019) vehicles, Reuters says. There are 127 consumer complaints, 123 unique vehicles, 110 crashes, and 52 injuries. A spokesperson for Tesla did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
“As is the agency’s standard practice in such matters the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA for short, will carefully review this and relevant data,” a spokesperson for the agency said in a statement.
Anyone can try requesting to open an investigation into what they think is a safety defect. After doing a technical analysis, the agency’s Office of Defects Investigation informs whether it will do an investigation.
This isn’t the first time that Tesla has faced issues with vehicles. In November 2018, the electric automaker had a lawsuit from customers who claimed their Model S and X vehicles would suddenly accelerate (speed up) without warning. In another lawsuit, faulty suspension caused the wheel of a Model 3 to come off a day after it was bought. And most recently, NHTSA opened an investigation into complaints about vehicle fires from the battery systems in some Model S and X cars.
There are also safety concerns involving its advanced driver assistance system, Autopilot. There will be a government meeting in February to find the reason for the fatal crash of a Tesla in Mountain View, California in 2017.
There have been a number of reports of Tesla owners crashing their vehicles while using Autopilot, as well as a handful of people who have been killed while using Autopilot. Tesla has consistently said that drivers who use Autopilot are safer than those who don’t.