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NHTSA Opens Safety Probe on Tesla's Autopilot System

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced a formal probe into Tesla’s  (TSLA) - Get Free Report Autopilot--the partially automated driving system.

The agency says it has identified 11 crashes since Jan. 2018. The failure report summary has also reported one fatality and 17 injuries. 

"Most incidents took place after dark and the crash scenes encountered included scene control measures such as first responder vehicle lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board, and road cones. The involved subject vehicles were all confirmed to have been engaged in either Autopilot or Traffic Aware Cruise Control during the approach to the crashes," the NHTSA said in a statement. 

The probe covers an estimated 765,000 vehicles including Tesla’s Model Y, X, S & 3 from 2014 to 2021. 

Tesla, which dissolved its PR department, hasn’t publicly responded to this probe yet. 

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