- NHTSA Finds No Vehicle Defects in Tesla Accident Investigation
- January 24, 2017
- Law Firm: Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP - Washington Office
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found no evidence of design or performance defects in its investigation of a May 2016 fatal accident involving a Tesla. The accident occurred near Williston, Florida when a driver operating his Model S in Autopilot collided with a trailer truck and was killed. In its report, NHTSA found that the trailer truck was visible to the driver at least seven seconds before the collision; during that time, the driver failed to take any action to prevent the accident, such as braking, steering, or attempting to avoid the truck.
The U.S. National Transportation Board is also investigation the accident, but has not yet issued its findings.