Tesla Faces a Potential NHTSA Investigation for Cybertruck Accelerator Pedal Problems

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Remember the Toyota stuck accelerator fiasco? Pepperidge Farm remembers. It’s now Tesla’s turn, as the automaker recently issued a stop-sale for an issue with the Cybertruck’s accelerator pedal. Though unconfirmed, the move could be related to a recent TikTok video from an owner, in which the Cybertruck owner demonstrated that his Tesla’s accelerator pedal cover could come loose and cause it to stick in the open position.

Thankfully, the owner was able to safely stop the truck and remove the pedal cover, but others might not be so lucky. A stuck pedal and unintended acceleration in a small passenger car are scary enough, but the Cybertruck’s more than 6,500-pound curb weight, extreme power, and rigid construction could yield disastrous results in the same situation.

Several publications have reported on the issue, with an NHTSA spokesperson telling CNBC that it was aware of the problem and had been in contact with Tesla to gather information. Others reported that the NHTSA hadn’t escalated the situation into an investigation yet, but it should be a simple fix, which could help Tesla avoid a more serious investigation or recall action.

Tesla has been criticized in the past for resisting recalls in favor of software updates and other actions, but recent scrutiny over its advanced driver aids’ driver monitoring capabilities and safety could push it to address the problem through official channels.

[Image: el.chapito1985 via tikTok]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Rochester Rochester on Apr 17, 2024

    Get ready for the "I love my Tesla even though it's trying to kill me" comments. You know who say's stuff like that? Alfa Romeo owners and cult members.

    • Astigmatism Astigmatism on Apr 17, 2024

      I loved my Alfa even though it bricked itself on a ski trip in northern Maine and I had to get it flat-bedded to Portland a hundred miles away and drive a rental car for two weeks.

      But, yeah, I sold it afterwards.

  • FreedMike FreedMike on Apr 17, 2024

    Tesla: big swings for new tech and big quality fails.

  • EBFlex EBFlex on Apr 17, 2024

    Tesla is garbage. Engineering is woefully inadequate. This is what happens when tech bros design vehicles and not automotive engineers.

    And before the usual mouth breathers come by and spew their typical nonsense, yes, I acknowledge that this has happened before. But injecting some context into this, this is yet another issue in a very long line of serious issues with the CyberPuke.

    If you can't design a safe accelerator pedal, you should not be in the automotive business.

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    • Probert Probert on Apr 17, 2024

      says guy who only wears pants on thursday....

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Apr 17, 2024

    The video in the link is pretty damning, but the fix should be a simple mechanical repair. A code patch won't do it.

    • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Apr 17, 2024

      Code patches, fuses and disabled relays are the best fix; much more elegant.