Tesla owners have sued the company owned by Elon Musk, alleging existence Their car batteries with faulty automatic software updates.
The suit alleges that in some cases, plaintiffs were forced to purchase new batteries at a cost of up to $15,000 to replace those “bad software” that had been compromised.
Tesla owners claim these software updates came ‘out of the blue’ and reduced their cars’ driving range by at least 20 percent.
A small number of owners spent between $500 and $750 to undo the offending update, according to the lawsuit.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs have stated that the class action applies to the company’s Model S and Model X vehicles and that other Tesla owners, based on the public’s response to this class action, appear to have been affected as well.
“We’ve had a lot of interest,” Steve Berman, an attorney representing Tesla car owners, told Dailymail.com.
“We filed a not uncommon case against Tesla and succeeded,” Berman says.
Tesla’s Model S (above), along with its Model X, were the models affected by an automatic software update that allegedly destroyed four consumer car batteries
“When car owners buy their cars, they can reasonably expect that unforeseen events—such as weather, accidents, or a flat tire—may affect the performance of their vehicles and lead to costly repairs,” the suit says.
“But no reasonable consumer would expect that the vehicle manufacturer itself, through an automated system, would deliberately and substantially interfere with the vehicle’s performance,” the suit claims, “through software updates that reduce the vehicles’ operational capability.”
However, previous lawsuits against Tesla have accused the automaker of similar software patches, the new complaint explains.
One such case, filed on August 7, 2019, alleged that Tesla defrauded its customers by ‘putting artificial, software-induced limits on the total number of usable kilowatt-hours (“kWh”), undermining customers’ ability to Shipping. The battery cells reach the normal and normal amount of approximately 4.2 volts.
Tesla lawyers moved to settle the 2019 case almost immediately, eventually offering to award each eligible party to the lawsuit $625 each.
During the case, Tesla’s outside attorney Sean P. Gates admitted via court filing that “Data from Tesla shows that 1,743 2012-2016 Model S vehicles in the United States were subject to a 10 percent voltage limit due to a software update in May.” 2019”.
Gates said the issue will be fixed in future software updates over the next 10 months.
Four Tesla owners claim bad software updates came ‘without warning’ and reduced their cars’ driving range by at least 20 percent, which means more frequent trips to charging stations (above)
Musk has downplayed the severity of software update problems in recent months, criticizing the US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration for using the word “recall.”
Behind the controversy are the software updates that have been implemented on Tesla cars in recent months, both indoors and outdoors.
Last week, it pledged to rectify the recall of 1.1 million Tesla cars in China — roughly a quarter of the Teslas on the road so far — with a remote software update to fix each car’s ‘regenerative braking system’ problem.
Critics from consumer safety groups said that this energy-efficient automated braking system led to crashes by interfering with the driver’s own input via conventional foot pedals.
But Musk has played down the seriousness of the software update problems in recent months. In February, the billionaire criticized the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for calling any Tesla problem that could be fixed via a software update a “recall,” regardless of the circumstances.
“The word ‘call’ for an over-the-air software update is outdated and completely wrong!” Musk announced via Twitter.
The NHTSA website specifies that the agency issues a recall whenever the organizers or vehicle are The manufacturer specifies that “the vehicle, equipment, car seat, or tire create an unreasonable safety hazard or fail to meet minimum safety standards.”
The agency said it only requires manufacturers to buy back cars in full from owners in “rare cases.”
Steve Berman, one of the attorneys representing Tesla’s owners in the new class-action lawsuit, called the subpoena discussion an “interesting question,” but ultimately a semantic issue with no “legal significance.”
“The consumer is not interested in how unique it is, but rather in the impact it may have on the vehicle,” Berman told Dailymail.com by email.
“Here the impact negatively affects the most important selling point of an electric vehicle, the battery!”
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