Tesla acceleration problems are caused by drivers pressing the accelerator pedals and causing alleged sudden unintended acceleration.
That finding comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which looked into the problem and denied a formal petition to open an investigation.
In January 2020, NHTSA announced it had received a petition to "recall all [Tesla] Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles produced from 2013 to the present" due to unintended acceleration events that allegedly caused more than 200 crashes.
Safety regulators said they would look into the matter and decide if a safety investigation should be launched.
According to the petition about alleged Tesla acceleration problems, 232 complaints had been submitted to NHTSA, including 203 reporting crashes.
Tesla quickly said the petitioner, Brian Sparks, was wrong to suggest there was anything wrong with the vehicles because all the data indicated otherwise.
In a statement from the automaker, alleged Tesla acceleration problems were discussed with NHTSA on a routine basis and it was determined the vehicles operated as intended.
"In other words, the car accelerates if, and only if, the driver told it to do so, and it slows or stops when the driver applies the brake," Tesla said.
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