It's received a scary amount of complaints.
Even considering Tesla's apparent proclivity for drama, it's been an especially stormy 24 hours for the EV automaker. Shortly after it was revealed that Tesla owners could play video games while the car is in motion, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) contacted Tesla about the obvious dangers of this feature. At the same time, reports emerged of the 2022 Model 3's quality taking a big dip relative to the 2021 model. Now, there's another concern relating to Teslas, specifically with regards to their forward collision warning systems.
In a tweet, data from the NHTSA and ODI show how many complaints were received regarding forward collision warning systems for different brands. The list applied to 2021 vehicles, and Tesla's number of complaints is far ahead of everyone else. According to the list, there have been nearly seven times as many Tesla complaints as there are for the next closest brands. Chrysler and Subaru are second on the list, while most of the German brands seem to have performed well with minimal complaints. Even volume manufacturers like Toyota, Volkswagen, and Ford all tallied a small percentage of the complaints lodged against Tesla. In a separate tweet, you can see that the Model Y, including all variants, received more total complaints for the 2021 MY than any other vehicle (219), followed by the Ram 1500 (209), Jeep Wrangler (161), and Tesla Model 3 (128).
As the name suggests, forward collision warning can alert drivers to an impending hazard audibly, visually, or using several warnings simultaneously. With these warnings, the driver can take potentially life-saving evasive actions like steering or braking. In early November, nearly 12,000 Teslas were recalled for a communication error related to false forward-collision warnings and unexpected automatic emergency braking, so it's pretty clear that something is amiss. It's easy to see why both of these safety systems could cause an accident, rather than prevent one, if not working optimally. As fantastic as vehicles like the Model 3 and Model S Plaid are, Tesla needs to iron out the kinks of its vehicles' safety systems as a matter of urgency.