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Saturday, January 25, 2020

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will follow up on a petition to investigate and recall 500,000 Tesla cars, due to a spike in reports of the vehicles suddenly and unexpectedly accelerating.




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I wonder if there will be a rush to blame the manufacturer by the masses like people did for Toyota lol. It wasn't Toyota's fault then, and it's not Tesla's fault now, but the treatment by the public is going to be way, way different lol.

#1 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-01-22 08:09 AM | Reply


I seem to recall Audi being run through the ringer over false claims of unintended acceleration back in the '80's.

Having said that, you are absolutely correct. Tesla has purchased woke insurance - the media coverage of this will absolutely be WAY different than how similar claims were treated with regards to Toyota and Audi.

#2 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-01-22 08:17 AM | Reply

Audi claims were not false. They did a silent recall behind customers backs, then two public recalls. They grounded the vehicle through the accelerator cable, and sleeved that with plastic. During a short the plastic melted and locked the cable into whatever position it was in.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-01-22 08:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What Tesla is dealing with is simply bad drivers. They're not keeping their foot on the brake when stopped. Something happens, they panic, and hit the wrong pedal.

#4 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-01-22 08:26 AM | Reply

#3 I wasn't aware of all of that - happened when I was a kid....

#5 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-01-22 08:35 AM | Reply

It looks like the false report was generated by an invested short seller trying to cause a down turn in the meteoric rise of Tesla stock into record levels. Short sellers are losing billions of $$.

#6 | Posted by Daniel at 2020-01-22 01:18 PM | Reply

Some have lost shorting. A lot of "the shorts" also have long positions, and the long positions have short positions. Many move in & out based on price trends. Shorts have been making a killing on quarterly financial reports that have triggered stock price collapses. The suckers lose when Elon pumps. When it hit $500 it also became the most shorted stock in the world. Elon is right on the cusp of the market cap deal from paying him off massively, and the market cap is completely decoupled from the fiscal performance of their manufacturing. Dudes a genius of a crony capitalist, gets to do it all and be #woke.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-01-22 05:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They're not keeping their foot on the brake when stopped. Something happens, they panic, and hit the wrong pedal.

Having driven a Model3, it is a little different than driving a ICE/manual/automatic. It slows (brakes) immediately upon releasing the gas, so people might be hitting the accelerator again..... too hard. It takes a mental adjustment to get comfortable with the difference.

Plus you can switch the mode, so it behaves like a ICE Automatic. So perhaps mode switching causes the accidents.

I really do like driving them, and they are quite and tons of torque.

I did see a AAA report that it costs more overall than an ICE, which was interesting.

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-01-26 09:46 PM | Reply

I did see a AAA report that it costs more overall than an ICE, which was interesting.

#8 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS AT 2020-01-26 09:46 PM | FLAG:

It's only $330 cheaper a year in repairs & maintenance for EV. It's around $700 cheaper for nat gas electricity than gasoline where most EV owners live, per year. Insurance is slightly lower for EV right now, but that's trending up fast due to the Tesla demographic (young & male, the worst) which is why their data driven insurance product became rebranded policies from an existing insurer. There's a big imbalance in licensing/reg/tax costs in EV favor that comes out to a grand a year.

What makes the ICE cheaper is really simple. Depreciation. EVs depreciate like a mofo. Tesla managed this early on by absolutely dominating the used Tesla market and setting the prices. That led to many glowingly positive articles about how much value they retain. That's been dead for awhile and EVs do not do well on the wholesale market.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-01-27 10:20 AM | Reply

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