NHTSA launches another special investigation into crash involving a Tesla

Another day and another announcement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that they are launching a special investigation into a crash involving a Tesla vehicle.

The NHTSA announced the investigation on Monday, but did not disclose the specific crash they will be looking into. According to Reuters, the agency will be taking a closer look at a crash involving a 2021 Tesla Model Y and a motorcycle that took place earlier this month.

Local media reports indicate a motorcycle was travelling in the HOV lane on the Riverside Freeway in California on July 7 when it was approached from the rear by the Model Y. The two vehicles somehow collided and the 48-year old motorcycle rider was killed.

This is the third special investigation in relation to fatal crashes involving Tesla vehicles launched by the NHTSA this month. The agency is looking to a crash in California when the driver of a Model 3 under the influence of drugs went through a red light and hit and killed a pedestrian.

Another crash in Florida is also being investigated in which the driver and passenger of a Tesla were killed after their car drove into the back of a semi truck parked at a rest stop off Interstate 75 in Florida.

The NHTSA also opened a special investigation last year after a series of crashes where Tesla vehicle collided with parked emergency vehicles. That investigation was recently elevated to an engineering analysis.

The NHTSA is also currently looking into complaints of phantom braking from several Tesla Model 3 and Model Y owners.

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