Tesla Withdraws from NTSB Party Agreement Following Fatal Model X Crash

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Another curious piece of news has reared its head in regards to Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), and this time it has to do with the National Transportation Safety Board. For a total of 198,092 shares it increased its holding in General Mtrs Co (NYSE:GM) by 182,634 shares in the quarter, and has risen its stake in Bed Bath & Beyond Inc (NASDAQ:BBBY). That usually takes at least a year, sometimes two. To him, Tesla's reasoning makes little sense.

Tesla Inc. withdrew on Wednesday from a party agreement with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that was part of the NTSB's investigation into a fatal Model X collision with a concrete barrier on March 23 in California. Sumwalt said in 2017 that "system safeguards were lacking" and "Tesla allowed the driver to use the system outside of the environment for which it was designed and the system gave far too much leeway to the driver to divert his attention".

The reason behind the NTSB's decision is that Tesla violated the agreement of the investigation by releasing information before it was confirmed and approved by the NTSB.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Tesla offered clashing explanations this week for why the electric auto maker is no longer directly involved in a formal investigation of the fatal auto crash involving one of its vehicles. We don't believe this is right and we will be making an official complaint to Congress.

Tesla said Thursday it will no longer participate in a USA probe of a fatal crash after disagreeing with officials over public disclosures about the investigation. It reiterated that it broke up with the NTSB, not the other way around.

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) was downgraded by stock analysts at Vetr from a "strong-buy" rating to a "buy" rating in a report issued on Thursday, April 5th.

Something the public may not be aware of is that the NTSB is not a regulatory body, it is an advisory body.

"The NTSB is a trusted investigatory agency". Sounds pretty straightforward, since laying blame before an investigation wraps up is putting the cart before the horse.

"It does happen, but it is rare considering how many investigations we do and how many party members we have", Knudson said. Even if it refuses, the NTSB can subpoena the info. "As long as you can see that you're ascending levels of hell, that's OK", he told CBS. This will only be the initial production, however, as the factory in Fremont is not large enough to handle the annual target of one million Model Ys Tesla has set. NHTSA pinned the crash on driver error, saying the system wasn't defective.

But Sumwalt evidently believes Tesla could be doing more. Currently, the system can control the car's steering, accelerator and brakes in certain scenarios. And there's plenty of reason to think humans are just no good at that sort of thing.

Tesla is in hot water again over Autopilot-related crashes. Building 500,000 Model Ys per year would be the equivalent of what Musk has planned for total production in Fremont by the end of this year, although the company is nowhere near that volume.

Tesla went on to note the prevalence of automotive fatalities in the United States in comparison to fatalities involving cars with Autopilot.

Musk is taking preliminary bids from suppliers for the Model Y, Reuters quotes its sources, which he plans to build in the automaker's Fremont, California plant beginning next year.

More: How safe should we expect self-driving cars to be? Tesla claims you are 3.7 times less likely to be involved in a fatal accident if you've got Autopilot (which it sells as a $5,000 option).

In a statement of their own, Tesla denied reports of the nature of the call, as well as their removal from the investigation.

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