...to any of the cited incidents," NHTSA continued. "There is no evidence of a design factor contributing to increased likelihood of pedal misapplication.
"The theory provided of a potential electronic cause of SUA in the subject vehicles is based upon inaccurate assumptions about system design and log data.”
Claims against Tesla alleging sudden acceleration have been debunked in the past as well. Owner Jason Hughes showed in January 2020 some drivers are guilty of applying pressure to the wrong pedal. When they mean to brake, they accidentally hit the accelerator.
“I’ve almost made a pedal misapplication mistake several times in the past with multiple different vehicles… fortunately not in any catastrophic situation," Hughes said. "We’re not infallible creatures. You get in a zone of habit, feel like you know what’s going on, and when something unexpected happens you’ll swear you were doing everything normally the way you’ve done it 10,000 times before, when in reality you just screwed up. It happens."
Tesla also released a statement Jan. 20, 2020, claiming the sudden acceleration issues were false. It seems the automaker was right, as the NHTSA is scrapping any possibility of an investigation moving forward.