I am disappointed in your Jan 23 article on an investigation into a recent local Tesla accident. The fact, with absolutely no relationship to the actual incident, that you brought up a recent assertion sent to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration about Tesla vehicles possibly having sudden acceleration issues seems like you are conflating the two things, as if this might be a reason for the accident.

More concerning was the lack of knowledge, or outright ignoring of the facts around the circumstances, that this case was brought to the NHTSA. The case was brought by a short seller of Tesla stock that doesn't even own a Tesla, and many of the supposed incidents in his report weren’t documented by the owners of the vehicles, but by this same short seller.

And while in your article you state that Tesla "blamed" a Dublin owner for an accident, Tesla, in fact, gave the data from the vehicle to the NHTSA (as they have done for almost all of the incidents reported) and that data in this and every other case clearly showed that the driver was the one to input the command for the car to leap forward by mistakenly stepping on the gas rather than the brake. Fortunately for Tesla, unlike other carmakers, its vehicles have the historical data of every input made to the car. Tesla vehicles actually have three different systems implemented to ensure that there can be no un-commanded acceleration, two that try to help drivers even when they may inadvertently hit the accelerator when they didn’t mean to.

This is not a phenomenon restricted to Tesla. The NHTSA estimates 16,000 accidents per year just in the U.S., when drivers intend to apply the brake, but mistakenly apply the accelerator. So, the fact that we are talking about only 127 cases worldwide of misapplied acceleration across Tesla vehicles from 2012 through 2019 means that, once again, even with this driver-caused incident, Teslas are designed safer and have this problem less often than other vehicle manufacturers.