Tesla Owner Sues Company Over Braking Issue

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Aug 30, 2022

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In his lawsuit, Jose Alvarez Toledo described his experience with the braking defect as a “frightening and dangerous nightmare”.

Proposed Class Action

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla is vigorously pushing the adoption of its autonomous driving technology. However, while the company insists it is safe, some customers disagree.

The owner of a Tesla Model 3 has brought a proposed class action suit against the manufacturer in a California federal court. He alleges that his car stops suddenly for non-existent obstructions that it auto detects.

In his lawsuit, Jose Alvarez Toledo accused Tesla of rushing its autonomous driving cars to the market with defective Autopilot and emergency braking systems.

“When the sudden unintended braking defect occurs, they turn what is supposed to be a safety feature into a frightening and dangerous nightmare,” he alleged.

Toledo is seeking both compensatory and punitive damages from Tesla to cover repair expenses and diminished value.

Autonomous driving vehicles are rapidly on the rise. According to artificial intelligence predictions, more than 33 million of them will be in use by 2040.

This is not the first time Tesla is facing scrutiny for brake defects tied to its Autopilot functionality. In February, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a probe into 316,000 Tesla vehicles following complaints.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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