NHTSA: Tesla Autopilot Crash Kills Another Motorcyclist

This is getting to be a very disturbingly common headline, it appears that Teslas crash on autopilot all the time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) is already in the midst of an investigation (into a very similar crash) involving Tesla's autopilot and full-self driving clams. This new crash comes at a very bad time for Tesla and one must be thinking that record fines are coming Tesla's way very soon.

The details of the crash that the NHTSA is investigating and the most recent crash (which will be added to that investigation) can be seen below:

  • July 7th, 2021: 4:47am on State Route 91 (California) a Tesla Model Y collided with a Yamaha V-Star motorcycle that was ahead of it which ejected the rider from the bike.

  • July 24th, 2022: 1:09am on Interstate 15 (Utah) a Tesla Model 3 collided with a Harley Davidson that was ahead of it which ejected the rider from the bike (pronounced dead on scene). The driver told authorities that he had autopilot on.

At this point, it should be very evident that Tesla's autopilot and/or partially automated driver assist systems are faulty to say the least. The number of crashes and deaths are unprecedented for an automaker with the least amount of cars on the road (in comparison to the majors). To go further, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, Michael Brooks, said "It's pretty clear to me, and it should be to a lot of Tesla owners by now, this stuff isn't working properly....and it is putting innocent people in danger on the roads.".

This statement should not be surprising because Tesla is one of the worst auto manufacturers in the world when it comes to quality. Tesla's quite literally roll off the assembly line and go straight into the repairs department like clock work, they just can't seem to get it right. To go further on that point of terrible quality, Tesla doesn't meet the study criteria for J.D. Power's yearly quality study (for auto manufacturers). J.D. Power is the industry standard for measuring quality and they publish their findings but for some reason Tesla doesn't qualify?

Here's why...Tesla (the company) doesn't grant J.D. Power the ability to interview Tesla owners in 15 states where J.D. Power requires it. As a result, J.D. Power just used data from the other 35 states which ranked Tesla in 30th place among 36 auto manufacturers. We think its safe to say that if the other 15 states were included, Tesla would rank in 35th or 36th position on that J.D. Power quality list, why else would Tesla block that data? Something to hide? Most likely.