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Tesla Sued Over ‘Dangerously Defective’ Autopilot Software

  • Suit alleges safety features are inoperable on 47,000 vehicles
  • Tesla calls litigation ‘disingenuous’ and ‘sensationalistic’
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Tesla Inc. is facing its first U.S. legal challenge over self-driving technology in a case alleging the electric carmaker sold 47,000 vehicles with Autopilot software that’s “dangerously defective” when engaged.

Drivers have “become beta testers of half-baked software that renders Tesla vehicles dangerous,” according to a complaint filed Wednesday in San Jose, California, federal court. Consumers allege their cars -- purchased for $81,000 to $113,000 -- sometimes veer out of lanes, “lurching, slamming on the brakes for no reason, and failing to slow or stop when approaching other vehicles" when Autopilot is activated.