Tesla phantom-braking complaints spur federal probe


Visitors look at a Tesla Model 3 during a press preview of the Seoul Motor Show in Goyang, northwest of Seoul, on March 28, 2019.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has initiated a new Tesla safety probe after receiving 354 drivers’ complaints about phantom braking in their vehicles.

Phantom braking refers to instances when a driver’s brakes activate unexpectedly, even when traffic is flowing normally around them or there is no obstacle to avoid.

NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigations on Thursday published a “ODI resume” that said it is looking into systems that are part of an estimated 416,000 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles from the…


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