Telsa has a long, rich history of deceptive advertising. Their very use of the term “autopilot” for semi-autonomous vehicles leads consumers to believe that Teslas have more self-driving capabilities than they actually do. When these same customers then relax at the wheel, accidents occur. To date, 3 Americans have been killed in Teslas and more injured, in part due to over-reliance on the “autopilot” feature. These accidents are why the Center is holding Tesla accountable to fair advertising practices. Consumers need to know what they are buying, and, despite deceptive claims to the contrary, a Tesla is not a self-driving car.
Tesla on Autopilot slams into police cruiser, driver claims he was checking on his dog, Good Morning America. December 9, 2019.
Tesla announced the launch of so-called “full self-driving” features that are largely unregulated as soon as this year. This should concern everyone who will share the same streets as a driver or pedestrian. https://t.co/gYgVcS8V4z via @washingtonpost
— Sully Sullenberger (@Captsully) July 26, 2019
Read our most recent press statement on Tesla’s deceptive advertising.
Read our original press statement on Tesla’s deceptive advertising.
Read our renewed call, in partnership with Consumer Watchdog, for the FTC and State Attorney Generals to investigate Tesla’s deceptive advertising of “autopilot”–July 25, 2019.
Read our joint letter with Consumer Watchdog to the California Department of Motor Vehicles requesting an investigation into Tesla’s deceptive advertising of “autopilot”–May 30, 2018.
Read our joint letter with Consumer Watchdog to the FTC requesting an investigation into Tesla’s deceptive advertising of “autopilot”–May 23, 2018.
Safety groups want FTC, state probes of Tesla’s Autopilot system–and its marketing efforts. CNBC. July 26, 2019.
Tesla Driver Sleeps Behind Wheel on California Highway. NBC News. June 14, 2019.
Consumer groups call for investigation into Tesla’s ‘autopilot.’ KABC TV-7. May 31, 2018.
Tesla hit parked police car ‘while using autopilot.’ BBC News. May 30, 2018.
Tesla autopilot most often used for highway-speed driving, MIT researchers say. USA Today. May 30, 2018.
Tesla Model S crashed into a parked police car while autopilot was activated. Markets Insider. May 29, 2018.
Tesla is facing mounting pressure to drop the name ‘autopilot.’ NBC Nightly News. May 27, 2018.
Consumer groups say Tesla’s ‘autopilot’ is deceptive marketing. CleanTechnica. May 25, 2018.
Consumer group says Tesla autopilot is ‘deceptive,’ calls for investigation. Jalopnik. May 23, 2018.
Consumer groups ask U.S. agency to probe Tesla ‘autopilot’ ads. Reuters. May 23, 2018.
A Tesla car crash near Salt Lake City, Utah is under investigation. ABC News. May 13, 2018.
Tesla self-driving system faulted by agency in crash. The New York Times. September 12, 2017.
Driver Errors, Over-reliance on Automation, Lack of Safeguards, Led to Fatal Tesla Crash. National Transportation Safety Board. September 12, 2017.