For Tesla, today’s decision will be a justification. When news of the petition first broke, the company said it was “completely wrong,And went on to say that it was a ploy by a “short seller” to make money on his misfortune. At the time, Tesla claimed to have already designed its cars to avoid any potential problems with unintentional acceleration. Each of the company’s cars comes with two pedal position sensors that automatically shut off engine torque if they detect “an error.” This built-in safety is complemented by the company’s autopilot system, designed to detect any pedal abuse.
The person who asked NHTSA to review the incidents had asked the agency to recall everything Models, X and 3 vehicles if it has found safety problems. As such, Tesla has avoided a potentially devastating recall, but that doesn’t mean the automaker is in the clear for good. NHTSA has said it may revisit the matter in the future (or any other issue, for that matter) if new information comes to light.