Recently, it was reported thatThe National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is launching its second investigation into a fatal Tesla accident in six months after a Tesla Model 3 crashed into a tree and burst into flames on September 13, killing two passengers with severe burns.
The National Transportation Safety Board has sent investigators to the scene of the crash, and local police said it was unclear whether the vehicle had activated Tesla's autopilot assistance system.
The National Transportation Safety Board has warned that lithium-ion batteries used in Tesla Model 3 and other vehicles are highly flammable if damaged, difficult to extinguish once ignited and can reignite hours or days after being doused.
Notably, on Saturday night, April 19, a Tesla Model S crashed in Spring, Texas, killing two people.
The accident happened at 11:25 p.m., when the Tesla, taking a curve at high speed, somehow veered off the road, crossed the grass and hit a tree, setting the vehicle on fire. Two passengers were killed, one in the front passenger seat and the other in the back seat, aged 59 and 69.
Separately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a formal investigation into Tesla autopilot.
The reason is that the road condition recognition function of Tesla under autopilot may be defective, and there is a risk of collision with parked vehicles on the roadside.
Since 2018, NHTSA said, it has identified 11 crashes involving Tesla's Autopilot or traffic-aware cruise control (TACC) system when a first responder uses a flashlight, a flare, a lighted arrow sign or a cone-shaped hazard warning sign. Tesla eventually collided with another vehicle.
In addition, NHTSA said tesla's autopilot assistance system has been frequently misused by drivers, from driving under the influence to sitting in the back seat on the highway.
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