On January 21, according to foreign media reports, on Monday, local time in the United States, electric vehicle maker Tesla said its vehicle had no unexpected acceleration problems. Earlier, the U.S. safety regulator announced an assessment of a petition calling for the investigation and recall of about 500,000 Tesla electric vehicles on the grounds that they were suspected of being defective.
On Friday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it would begin evaluating the petition and issue an edited version, saying "Tesla cars are accelerating unexpectedly far faster than other road vehicles car."
The petition urges NHTSA to recall all Tesla cars, including Model S, Model X, and Model 3, that have been in production since 2013. The petition cited media reports of a Tesla vehicle accidentally accelerating and causing a collision, and filed a complaint with NHTSA.
In response, Tesla said that the petition was "fully faked" and fabricated by short sellers. Earlier media reports said that Brian Sparks, who is currently short of Tesla shares, submitted a petition to NHTSA in September.
"In the past few years, we have discussed most of the complaints described in the petition with NHTSA," Tesla said in a blog post. "In each case we evaluated with them, the data proved that the vehicle was operating properly."
Tesla often deals with government regulators, including NHTSA and NTSB. In its latest statement, the company said it "is transparent with NHTSA and often works with them to assess customer complaints about unexpected acceleration."
Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has long criticized short sellers, claiming that they spread lies about the company and have been funded by oil companies. Musk has said that he believes that short sellers are "working desperately to promote a claim that could cause Tesla to go bankrupt."
Sparks and NHTSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.