Consumer Safety Groups urge FTC, States to investigate Tesla over its Autopilot system


Two consumer safety groups are again requesting the federal and state regulators to open an investigation into Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) in connection with the autopilot feature of its vehicles.

The Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Auto Safety reiterated its demand to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the wake of the latest accidents involving Tesla vehicles. Another person died and others were injured in the latest crashes linked to the electric car manufacture’s autopilot system.

Tesla allegedly deceptively marketing it’s Autopilot system

The consumer safety groups alleged that the electric automaker is deceptively marketing its Autopilot system. As a result, many drivers “have acted recklessly” because they believe their Tesla cars are capable of self-driving.

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In a statement, Jason Levine, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety, said, “Last year we asked the FTC to stop Tesla’s continued deceptive use of the term ‘Autopilot’ before there were more deaths and injuries because of an overreliance on non-autonomous technology.”