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Authors: David Shepardson and Hyunjoo Jin
Washington (Reuters)-They revealed on Friday that the U.S. car safety regulator is investigating a fatal accident in New York on July 26 that involved a Tesla (NASDAQ:) vehicle. The vehicle may use advanced driver assistance systems.
New York City police confirmed on Friday that they are investigating the death of a 52-year-old man who was killed by a Tesla while trying to repair a leak on the Long Island Expressway on July 26.
A spokesperson for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told Reuters on Friday that the agency had learned of “the incident involving Tesla vehicles on the Long Island Expressway in New York on July 26 and has established a special accident investigation The team is investigating the accident.”
Reuters first reported the NHTSA investigation into the New York crash.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The U.S. investigation came at a time when the review of Tesla’s Autopilot and other driver assistance systems increased. Tesla’s Autopilot can handle some driving tasks and allow the driver to remove his hands from the steering wheel for a long time.
Last month, NHTSA stated that after 11 accidents involving Tesla models and emergency vehicles, it launched a formal safety investigation into Autopilot.
On Wednesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) discovered the 12th accident involving a Tesla vehicle in Orlando, Florida, which crashed into an emergency vehicle using advanced driver assistance systems.
On Friday, NHTSA released an updated list of special collision investigation accidents under review, which suspected the use of advanced driver assistance systems, including the New York accident involving the Tesla Model Y in 2021 and the accident in Florida.
Since 2016, NHTSA has conducted 33 investigations into Tesla crashes, 11 of whom were killed, and advanced driver assistance systems are suspected of being used. NHTSA has ruled out the use of Autopilot in three of the non-fatal accidents.
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