The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated Thursday it’s discussing with Tesla its determination to change cameras in some US autos.
CNBC reported on Monday Tesla was changing entrance fender cameras in a number of hundred Model S, X, and three autos due to defective circuit boards inside however had not issued a recall.
NHTSA stated it’s “monitoring all data sources” together with client complaints, and in addition urged “the public to let NHTSA know if they think their vehicle may have a safety defect that isn’t part of a current recall.”
US regulation “prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles with design defects posing unreasonable risks to safety,” the company stated, including it has “robust enforcement tools to protect the public, to investigate potential safety issues, and act when we find evidence of noncompliance or an unreasonable risk to safety.”
Consumer teams stated the regulator wants to look into whether or not Tesla ought to have recalled the faulty elements.
“Reports of a service campaign repair to malfunctioning front-end cameras that are critical to Tesla’s driver assistance suite is important enough to the safety of the vehicle to merit exploration by NHTSA,” said Jason K. Levine, executive director at Center for Auto Safety.
“The reality is that the auto industry has a long history of choosing to conduct service campaigns instead of recalls, but it is too early to say whether that’s the case here.”
A malfunction of entrance fender cameras, security methods used for blind spot monitoring, would seemingly create a security threat, stated David Friedman, a former appearing administration at NHTSA and now Vice President at Consumer Reports.
“If people are losing reliable access to blind spot images, or the effectiveness of autopilot or automatic emergency braking is being hampered, the malfunction would seem to pose an unreasonable risk,” he stated.
Tesla was not instantly accessible for remark.
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