Tesla Removed from Autopilot Crash Investigation, NTSB Says


Tesla's Headquarters in Palo Alto, California, USA / Photo by: Tumbenhaur via Wikimedia Commons


The US government investigative agency responsible for civil and transportation accident investigation, National Transportation Safety Board, claims that Tesla has already been removed from the investigation involving a fatal Autopilot accident that occurred in March. The news was reported in the Wall Street Journal.

While Tesla was previously a part of the probe of a fatal accident that took the life of a man in California, the agency reportedly stated that it tossed the automaker from the investigation because they violated the formal agreement when it released the information on the public before their investigation was concluded. “Such releases of incomplete information often lead to speculation and incorrect assumptions about the probable cause of a crash,” the agency wrote.

However, the NTSB’s statement contradicts Tesla’s claim. It contended that it withdrew from the investigation and claimed that restrictions on the disclosures may jeopardize the public safety by restricting the timely release of information about the Autopilot. The automaker also accused the safety board that they are “more concerned with press headlines than actually promoting safety.” It also said that NTSB is repeatedly releasing “partial bits of incomplete information,” violating their own rules. 

Tesla also said in a statement that they are making an official complaint to the Congress. It further highlights that NTSB is not a regulatory body, but an advisory body. The regulatory body for the US automotive industry, it claimed, is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with whom they have a positive and strong relationship.