Early On Monday, Tesla said its vehicles had no unexpected acceleration problems. Tesla’s move comes in response to a petition filed with U.S. safety regulators to investigate and recall potential defects in about 500,000 Tesla electric vehicles. On Friday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it would review the petition and release a revised version that said: “Tesla’s vehicles are accelerating at accidents far more than other vehicles.” “
The petition urges the agency to recall all Tesla vehicles, including model S, Model X and Model 3. It also cited media reports of accidental acceleration of car crashes and complaints to NHTSA.
Tesla said the petition, which was launched by short sellers, was “completely wrong.”
Brian Sparks, who is shorting Tesla’s stock, filed the petition in September.
“We have discussed with NHTSA over the past few years the majority of the complaints alleged in the petition,” Tesla said in a blog post. In every review we conducted with it, the data proved that the vehicle was functioning properly. “
An NHTSA spokesman declined to comment Monday on Tesla’s statement. The agency said last week that it would “review the petition and the data carefully.” “
Sparks has yet to comment.