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30 Tesla crashes resulting in 10 deaths now being investigated

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Story at a glance:

  • Authorities have opened 30 investigations into Tesla crashes involving 10 deaths.
  • Officials ruled out the autopilot feature in three cases.
  • Two people were killed in April when the Tesla they were in crashed into a tree and caught fire.

U.S. authorities have now opened 30 investigations into Tesla crashes involving 10 deaths since 2016, with the autopilot feature not ruled out in most cases. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a full list of the crashes under review, adding new details of incidents where authorities suspect the driver assistance systems were in use, Reuters reports. 

Since March, the Special Crash Investigations programs have opened eight investigations into Tesla, The Guardian reported.


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The agency released its full review to Reuters. Authorities previously said it opened 28 special crash investigations into Tesla, with 24 cases pending. NHTSA has ruled out Tesla’s Autopilot in three cases and published reports on two of the crashes, according to Reuters. 

In one particular case, a February 2019 crash states the use of Autopilot was undetermined.

Two people were killed on April 16 after the Tesla they were in crashed into a tree and sparked a fire that took four hours to extinguish.

Reuters says Tesla did not respond for a comment. 


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