American consumer advocate Ralph Nader urged recall the Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature in Tesla vehicles due to its “dangerous and irresponsible actions.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) should require the automaker to turn off FSD on every vehicle, Nader said.
“I urge federal regulators to take immediate action to prevent an increase in Tesla manslaughter deaths and injuries with this technology,” he said.
Nader noted that more than 100,000 vehicle owners are participating in FSD beta testing on public roads. In total, Tesla operates about 3 million vehicles worldwide.
The rights activist insists the NHTSA must take action before the robotic car kills anyone else.
“We must send an urgent message to regulators that Americans should not be guinea pigs for a powerful, well-known corporation and its famous CEO. No one is above manslaughter laws,” added Neider.
Previously, NHTSA was list Special Accident Investigations (SCI), in which the agency collects data on accidents that are beyond the competence of local authorities and insurance companies. The agency is also investigating incidents involving advanced driver assistance systems such as Tesla Autopilot and automated driving systems.
To date, there are 48 accidents on the SCI list. 39 cases involved Tesla vehicles using autopilot. According to the agency, 19 people died in these accidents, including drivers, passengers, pedestrians, as well as drivers of other vehicles.
In addition, on August 8, 2022, the California Department of Transportation accused the automaker of using unfair advertising for Autopilot and FSD features. According to the department, their name and description suggest full autonomy, which is actually not true.
Recall that in June, the head of the NHTSA, Stephen Cliff, announced plans to develop federal regulations for drones.
In the same month, the agency continued its investigation into Tesla, launching the “engineering analysis” phase.
In August 2021, senators called on the US Chamber of Commerce to launch an investigation into the automaker over “misleading advertising and marketing.”
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