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Auto regulators dismissed GM defect tied to 13 deaths

Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by jkliu47, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. jkliu47

    jkliu47 Member

    Apr 30, 2013
    Glendale, CA
    Log In - The New York Times

    "A New York Times analysis of consumer complaints submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that since February 2003 it received an average of two complaints a month about potentially dangerous shutdowns, but it repeatedly responded that there was not enough evidence of a problem to warrant a safety investigation."

    And yet NHTSA is currently investigating Tesla's THREE incidents involving ZERO deaths?

    So what are the chances NHTSA will return a negative ruling on Tesla?
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

    Mar 8, 2012
    Small. The NHTSA investigated because of media, and perhaps political, outcry combined with the small number of cars Tesla has delivered (compared to millions from GM, Ford). Two random GM cars a month (as compared to two cars from a specific GM model) are not statistically significant. The two Teslas (NHTSA won't consider the car in Mexico) aren't statistically significant either but this is a new car from a new factory so additional due diligence isn't a bad idea.
  3. Zythryn

    Zythryn M3 Silver, M3 Midnight Silver

    Mar 18, 2009
    Tesla, and tesla supporters wanted this investigation.
    The positive results will be beneficial to the business.
    On the off chance there is an issue, it will be good to have that identified and corrected.

    The two complaints a year is meaningless. Do you know how many reports of unintended acceleration a year there are in all manner of cars?
  4. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Precisely. Failures happen. Debris happens. NHTSA's job is to ensure manufacturers take reasonable steps to improve safety and to help them to do so. Investigation is another loaded word.

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