Tesla Defects: Drivers Complaining of “Phantom Braking” at High Speeds
Tesla owners are complaining that their cars are slamming on the brakes at high speeds, causing crashes in many cases. According to published reports, Tesla brake defects are occurring when Tesla vehicles encounter imagined hazards. These “false positives” have been subject of at least one Tesla recall but are still occurring at alarming rates. In many instances, the phantom braking occurs on open roadways, with no hazards in the vicinity.
There have been thousands of complaints to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration concerning phantom braking, but Tesla still has not issued any warnings and, according to some, have not fixed the problem. The phantom braking may occur when the car is in automatic pilot mode. In one case, a Tesla Model S suddenly braked in traffic, triggering an 8 vehicle pileup in San Francisco, injuring nine. In a Missouri crash, a 74 year old died after his Model 3 unexpectedly slowed from 61 mph to 12 mph in the middle of a busy interstate. There have been over 800 complaints to NHTSA about “phantom braking” and yet the problem persists.
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