NHTSA Concerned Tesla Is “Employing Practices To Impede” It Its Investigation

As the NHTSA’s broad reaching investigation of Tesla’s Autopilot continues, it appears the company isn’t going to make it easy for the regulator.

The NHTSA said this week that it is “concerned that Tesla may employ practices that could impede the agency’s access to safety-related information, including information relevant to NHTSA’s above-referenced investigation of Tesla vehicles,” according to Bloomberg.

Safety investigators have also asked Tesla why the company didn’t file recall paperwork after it updated its Autopilot software to better identify parked emergency vehicles. 

The NHTSA said in a letter to Tesla it has to recall vehicles if over the air updates “mitigate a safety defect”.

“Any manufacturer issuing an over-the-air update that mitigates a defect that poses an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety is required to timely file an accompanying recall notice to NHTSA,” the agency wrote.

The agency is referring to Tesla’s “Emergency Light Detection Update” that had “the stated purpose of

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