The US regulators announced that they would launch separate probes in two deadly Tesla accidents that occurred in Florida. Both accidents have become the subject of public interest since the circumstances surrounding them have raised safety equipment issues. In addition, the two accidents occurred within a five-day period, enough for the authorities to enter and investigate exactly what happened.
On Monday, an accident in Davie, Florida claimed the life of a 48-year-old man caught in his burning 2016 Tesla Model S after crashing into a median and knocking a tree. While the accident was believed to be speed-related according to police and audience, the probe is over security devices that failed after the accident. For example, the Model's retractable door handle could not distribute and testify to the accident could not pull out the man past the side curtain airbags.
Another accident happened on Friday in Delray Beach, Florida when a 201
The second accident is honestly like a crash that happened when the Tesla Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), Autopilot, failed to recognize a semi-truck drive ahead of Joshua Brown's model S, allowing the vehicle to hit the outboard in the same way, cut of the roof and mark it as the first Autopilot-related death in the history books. A report published by NTSB depicted the events in depth, saying that Brown ignored several warnings to keep his hands on the wheel. At the time of writing, it is not yet clear whether Autopilot was active during this accident.
Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and NTSB will send out teams to investigate the crashes. NHTSA has regulatory authority to order recalls if an equipment constitutes a significant security risk, while NTSB serves to investigate and report on vehicle-related events.
NHTSA confirmed Reuters that it had a repeated investigation and "will take further action if appropriate."