Tesla in more hot water with NHTSA as feds ask about lack of recall for Autopilot update

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Tesla and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration aren’t quite at odds with each other, following Car manufacturer’s autopilot system check which started earlier this year. However, NHTSA is once again asking Tesla for more information, this time related to a potential failure to not file a recall notice.

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The Associated Press NHTSA first reported a letter sent to Tesla’s director of field quality, Eddie Gates, asking whether the automaker should have filed recall documents when releasing over-the-air updates for Autopilot. According to the NHTSA letter, the update provides an update to the system that helps Tesla better identify emergency vehicles parked by the side of the road. NHTSA launched an investigation into such accidents earlier this year.

“Any manufacturer that releases an over-the-air update that mitigates a defect that poses an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety is required to file an accompanying recall notice to NHTSA in a timely manner, The letter reads in part. NHTSA said in an additional statement that it would like to learn more about a non-disclosure agreement program between the automaker and early fully self-driving beta testers.

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“The information request letter asks the company to provide information about its recent update to Autopilot software, which Tesla claims improves the detection of flashing emergency lights at night,” an NHTSA spokesperson said. It also requires Tesla to provide information about the extension of its FSD Early Access beta release program. The second document is a special order that provides Tesla with information about non-disclosure agreements between Tesla and its vehicle owners. forces to do.”

Tesla does not operate the public relations department To request field for comment. The law requires that automakers report a safety defect via recall notice and documents to NHTSA within five business days. The letter said that should Tesla remain silent on this latest issue, the agency would seek court action and impose a civil fine of $114 million.

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