NHTSA also issued a subpoena to Tesla asking for information on multiple crashes.
According to documents released by the legal transparency organization PlainSite, the car safety agency said that Tesla’s blog released in October last year stated that Model 3 is the five-star safety model with the lowest probability of injury in the car tested by NHTSA, which is used with the agency. The guide does not match.
The agency also asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether these statements by Tesla constitute unfair or fraudulent acts.
Jonathan Morrison (Jonathan Morrison), NHTSA's chief legal adviser, said in a letter to Tesla CEO Elon Musk (Elon Musk) on Oct. 17 last year, "this is not the first time Tesla has ignored these guidelines, an approach that could lead to confusion among consumers and give Tesla an unfair market advantage."
NHTSA said last year that Tesla claimed that the occupant injury risk of the Model 3 electric vehicle was the lowest among all cars in the test of US government agencies. This is beyond the scope of the agency's analysis and points to the need to create a level of security for areas of vehicle performance that are not currently rated.
Tesla and NHTSA have not made any comments at present.
Tesla closed up 1.06% on Tuesday, at $230.75.