Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) appears to be in a peculiar position with a law suit being filed by a consumer charging the firm of selling its vehicles that has faulty functions of semi-autonomous driving system. This creases safety issues for the commuters while the company termed the suit as ‘disingenuous.’ The news comes at a time when the electric vehicle maker is getting ready for the most affordable electric car, i.e. Model 3, meant for mass market.
According to the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Tesla has put tens of thousands of lives of the vehicle owners at a risk. Steve Berman, who represents the plaintiffs, charged the company of inducing several persons to buy a product that was not designed effectively. The company launched the vehicle with a plank of safest sedan. However, the lawyer thinks that consumers were given vehicles that did not conform to the standard safety enhancements, according to Forbes.com.
Consumer’s grouse is that enhanced autopilot operated in an erratic, as well as, dangerous manner causing concerns to vehicle owners. The group of consumers also listed Tesla CEO, Elon Musk’s, promise that the new hard suite of sensors, fresh computing power, cameras, and sonar would enable true self-driving capability with the help of over-the-air software updates.
The plaintiff revealed buyers have to shell out $5,000 as premium over the normal vehicle price and became a testing ground for Tesla’s half-baked software, which is dangerous for users.
The electric vehicle maker has not only defended itself but also dismissed the suit. The company termed it as a “disingenuous attempt to secure attorney’s fees” by misrepresenting several facts. Tesla pointed out that some features, which were mentioned as not available in the suit, were released. Aside from that, more updates were reaching consumers periodically.
On Wednesday, the stock gained 1.76 percent during the normal trading session.