NHTSA steps up Tesla investigation of phantom braking, crashes into emergency vehicles

Consumer reports of phantom brakes in Tesla Model 3s and Model Ys from 2021-2022 are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to NHTSA, 758 reports of "unexpected brake activation" in Model 3 or Model Y vehicles have been received as of last month.

The NHTSA just announced that the inquiry will be upgraded from a "probe" to a "engineering analysis" today.

The NHTSA just announced that the inquiry will be upgraded from a "probe" to a "engineering analysis" today.

The NHTSA just announced that the inquiry will be upgraded from a "probe" to a "engineering analysis" today.

So, after this phase of the inquiry is through, we'll know whether or not the Tesla vehicles under investigation will be subject to a recall.

Phantom braking is not a new claim. It's when the vehicle's driver assistance systems use the brakes in response to something that isn't truly present.

Of course, on the highway or on any other route, unintentional and unexpected braking is not something you want your vehicle to perform.

At this point in the investigation, the NHTSA has requested that Tesla respond to a series of questions and submit data for examination by the government. Fines will be imposed if Tesla does not comply.