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Tesla Slams Acceleration Petition Brought by ‘Short Seller’

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Tesla Inc. fired back against a petition filed with U.S. regulators, saying in a blog post Monday that it’s “completely false and was brought by a Tesla short seller.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is evaluating allegations that Tesla Inc. vehicles contain a defect that can cause sudden unintended acceleration, according to a notice posted on the agency’s website last week. The review was prompted by a petition asking the agency to open a defect investigation of some 500,000 Tesla vehicles over the alleged flaw. The petition cited 127 consumer complaints to the agency and claims of 110 crashes.