It has been found that multiple customers are complaining about the sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) of Tesla vehicles, which are scheduled to enter the Korean market in earnest this year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States, a total of seven complaints have been filed regarding the SUA of the Tesla Model X and accidents resulting from it, most of which occurred during parking. In South Korea, Sohn Ji-chang, an actor and singer, filed a complaint against Tesla for the SUA.
The safety of Tesla vehicles has been called into question on different occasions. For example, the Model S has caught fire in the United States, the Netherlands, France and so on since 2014 and a self-driving accident in Florida in May last year led to the death of a driver.
Experts are pointing out that the cause of the accidents related to the SUA of the vehicles will be hard to find out because of the shortage of cases to refer to. “An excessive current flow in an electric vehicle motor can be the cause of SUA,” said professor Kim Pil-soo at the Department of Automotive Engineering of Daelim University College, adding, “However, the automaker is likely to keep denying the possibility and then things get very complicated on the part of customers.”