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US safety agency rejects petition to recall Tesla vehicles

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Posted at 3:49 PM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 15:49:08-05

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s auto safety agency has rejected a request to investigate unintended acceleration in Tesla electric vehicles, saying the acceleration was caused by drivers pushing the wrong pedal.

Brian Sparks of California, petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in December of 2019 asking for an investigation.

At the time the government had 127 owner complaints including 110 crashes and 52 injuries.

But the agency says it did not find evidence to support an investigation.

It says that in every case with data available, evidence showed the problem was caused by pedal misapplication.

Sparks says on Friday that he accepts the results of the investigation.