SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A growing list of Tesla crashes demonstrates the urgent need to regulate the vehicles' "Autopilot" feature, Consumer Watchdog said today, reiterating its call to the California DMV to act and for the company to disable the feature. Earlier this week a Tesla smashed into a construction barrier truck on the German autobahn while traveling at a high rate of speed and likely with Autopilot engaged. Although the car smashed under the truck, the driver was seriously injured, but not killed. But in early November a Tesla crashed into a tree in Indianapolis and burst into flames killing its two occupants. Investigators are probing whether Autopilot was a factor, but the company says the car was too badly damaged to transmit data to its servers and that it could not be determined if Autopilot was engaged. The German Department of Transportation has banned use of the term "Autopilot" in Germany, but Tesla is reported to be resisting. "How many more lives must be lost and crashes happen before Tesla Chairman Elon Musk will take responsibility and act to protect our safety?" asked John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director. The crash on the German autobahn was similar to a fatal crash in China in January when the Tesla smashed into a slow-moving truck. In May a Tesla driver using Autopilot was killed when his car smashed under a truck turning in front of him. View a video of the Chinese crash, taken from the doomed vehicle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wzqGwUr47s "The problem is that Tesla encourages people to believe Autopilot can do more than it really can," said Simpson. "The name itself is a huge problem."