Tesla always grabs the headlines, but unfortunately not always for the reasons one might consider positive. Phantom braking is the name given to this problem, and it causes a lot of anxiety for Tesla owners.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) obtained enough ghost brake complaints in 2022 to warrant a formal investigation. Once the initial documents have been submitted to launch a class action, what happens next? Is it possible to file a claim if your Tesla exhibits phantom braking?
What is that ?
Phantom braking is caused by an issue with Tesla’s Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), called Autopilot. Autopilot allows the car to monitor blind spots and provides lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and emergency braking capabilities. Phantom braking is a rapid, unexpected deceleration that occurs when Autopilot applies the brakes for no apparent reason. This deceleration is caused by a failure of this last feature.
By understanding how the automated emergency braking system works, we are able to understand why this can happen. This type of safety device often gives a warning to the driver before applying the brakes in case the driver does not react. Some Tesla models experience an unexpected braking issue, sometimes at high speeds, as if something has been spotted on the road in front of them.
How does Common Phantom Braking work?
However, since not everyone has submitted an official report, the actual value is most certainly higher. It’s impossible to get a precise figure, but NHSTA estimates the number of Tesla vehicles likely to be affected is around 416,000.
Which models are affected?
As part of this investigation, the Tesla Model 3, as well as the Tesla Model Y, are under investigation.
Despite the fact that there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on the subject, a number of Tesla Model 3 vehicle owners have taken to the Reddit website to discuss potential solutions to the ghost brake problem. Tesla owners are extremely passionate about their vehicles, and as a result, they strive to minimize the time spent confined to their garages. The majority of individuals would probably agree that having the responsibility to “keep” the car can be extremely nerve-wracking.
If you own one of these vehicles and are having phantom brake issues, you should be sure to contact the dealership as soon as possible after the problem arises. You should also consider reporting the problem to NHSTA so they can get a better idea of the extent of the problem. As a result, you may be the target of legal action.
Why are they continuing?
If you’ve ever had to brake immediately because the person in front of you stopped unexpectedly, you probably already have an idea of the tension that can cause. Along with the destabilizing adrenaline rush, this creates a potentially dangerous situation as multiple drivers often have to react within milliseconds to avoid colliding with each other.
This makes the situation potentially dangerous. Considering that Tesla recently hiked the price of its full self-driving software by three thousand dollars, that’s also an insult to everyone’s financial situation. That Tesla vehicle owners are suing over ghost brakes should come as no surprise.
A few weeks ago, law firm Bursor & Fisher claimed Tesla intentionally supplied unsafe automobiles and sought damages in the amount of $5 million on behalf of plaintiff Jose Alvarez Toledo, owner of a Tesla Model 3 from San Francisco.
The allegations were made on behalf of the plaintiff by the firm Bursor & Fisher (first reported by Reuters). The attorneys asked a federal court in Northern California to bring a class action lawsuit against Tesla on behalf of their client. The complaint will be filed on behalf of the client. Tesla is accused of having erred in this lawsuit.
How many people are they suing? Can you join the class action lawsuit against Tesla?
Ghost braking is the subject of a legal proceeding known as a class action, which is brought in court by people who refer to themselves as a “class”. The court system can be relieved of some of the pressure that would otherwise be placed on it by an excessive number of individual lawsuits on the same subject through the class action. If permission is granted, there could be room in the class for Tesla owners with other vehicles.