Tesla hit with proposed class action over phantom braking issue
Tesla has rushed its autonomous driving cars to market with unsafe technology, including its driver assistant system, which the company calls Autopilot or Full Self-Driving, and its emergency braking system, according to the lawsuit by Jose Alvarez Toledo of San Francisco.
“When the sudden unintended braking defect occurs, they turn what is supposed to be a safety feature into a frightening and dangerous nightmare,” said Toledo’s lawsuit, which was filed on Friday in federal court in the northern district of California.
A California owner of a Tesla Model 3 sued the electric vehicle maker in a proposed class action over cars suddenly stopping for non-existent obstacles, calling it a “frightening and dangerous nightmare,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages for expenses to repair vehicles, diminished value of Tesla cars, and a refund of the added cost attributed to the Autopilot feature, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit seeks class action status for all U.S. owners or lessees of a Tesla that suffers from the sudden unintended braking defect. The lawsuit accused Tesla of fraudulently hiding the safety risks associated with Autopilot, breaching its warranties, unfairly profiting from Autopilot, and violating California’s unfair competition law. This adds to the growing public and regulatory scrutiny of Tesla’s driver assistant technology, despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk‘s promise of full self-driving by the year’s end.