Tesla Model S

Why Tesla’s Cars are Called Unsafe by German Watchdog

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Even in the country known for das premium auto, the demand for obtaining the expensive and hard to buy Tesla is high, but according to a leading vehicle inspection agency, buyers are being told to steer clear of specific Model S cars that have self-driving capabilities.

Tesla’s autopilot feature has been quite popular with consumers, but for consumer safety groups, the feature has been a major cause for concern. While it may not be a full self-driving vehicle, it is the closest any car available to the general public has gotten so far, naturally making it a huge selling point for the company.

This new 40-page report that was not initially intended to make its way to the public is just another warning to the growing list of concerned consumer watch groups.

Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) took the report as further backup to their earlier concerns which saw the group sending letters to every known owner of the cars in question this past October.

Tesla’s stock only saw a modest dip after the news or the report broke, and it is unlikely that the company will address the concerns in a manner that would appease the watchdogs. Later models of their vehicles have already addressed many of the concerns laid out in the report.

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Sources: Handelsblatt

Photo: Tesla

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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