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 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has requested updated records from Tesla as it continues its safety investigation into the electric automaker.

In fact, CNBC reported that Tesla has been directed to send a large number of new records to NHTSA or face a hefty fine.

Back in August 2021, following a string of high-profile fatal crashes, NHTSA launched a formal investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot.

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Then in June 2022, NHTSA announced that it was upgrading its initial investigation into the Autopilot driver assistance system to an “engineering analysis,” a step the agency took before it decided to recall.

Fast-forward a few months, and in October 2022 it was reported that the U.S. Department of Justice had also opened a previously undisclosed criminal investigation in 2021 into Tesla’s claims that its electric vehicles (EVs) could drive themselves.

On Thursday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) posted a letter on its website saying that if Tesla fails to provide federal agencies with information about its advanced driver assistance system, the company will use Autopilot, fully automatic Driving and FSD Beta options are marketed. Faces “civil penalties of up to $26,315 per violation per day, or up to $131,564,183,996 for consecutive series of related daily violations.”

The letter, reportedly sent to Tesla on July 3, seeks an update on its August 2022 questions.

The letter is now reportedly asking for a response by July 19.

Among other details, NHTSA wants to know which versions of Tesla’s software, hardware and other components were installed on every car sold, leased or used in the United States between the 2014 and 2023 model years, and the date of any versions. Tesla vehicles “included in ‘Full Self-Driving Beta’ program.”

Lars Moravy, Tesla’s vice president of automotive engineering, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, CNBC reported.

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Tesla electric vehicles have been at the center of a series of incidents surrounding the use of Autopilot in recent years, including multiple accidents and even fatalities.

But the crash of the Tesla into an emergency vehicle is particularly worrying for U.S. authorities.

For example, in December 2019, a driver was charged after setting his Tesla Model 3 on Autopilot to see what the dog was doing in the back seat.

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Unfortunately, the Model 3 (while in Autopilot mode) was unable to avoid hitting a stationary Connecticut State Police vehicle with blue flashing lights on as it dealt with a broken-down car.

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In September 2021, five police officers in Texas sued Tesla after an unnamed driver crashed his Tesla Model X into two wheels at 70 mph (112 km/h). They and a police dog were “seriously injured” in the back of a parked police patrol car. The fourth vehicle was stopped and investigated for possible drug offenses.

The driver was drunk and drove him home in his Tesla, only to crash the police car, leaving the officer “severely injured and permanently disabled”.

In January 2022, another Tesla accident led to the first individuals in the United States to be charged with vehicular manslaughter when their Model S drove through an intersection with Autopilot engaged and struck a Honda Civic, killing two people. people die.