Tesla Will Settle Class Action Over Autopilot Problems
Tesla Will Settle Class Action Over Autopilot Problems

Tesla has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit over the Autopilot system in its Model S and Model X vehicles. According to the lawsuit, Tesla owners paid extra for the Autopilot software, but the features were “inoperable.”

The lawsuit alleges Tesla misrepresented that the vehicles came equipped with the Autopilot capabilities. However, because of delays in software updates from Tesla, the features were not ready when the company said they would be.

The automaker has agreed to reimburse customers who purchased vehicles with Autopilot. Tesla will pay between $20 and $280 to Tesla owners who bought or leased vehicles with the Autopilot feature between October 2016 and September 2017.

The lawsuit also claimed that Autopilot was “demonstrably dangerous.” However, Tesla’s statement about the settlement did not mention customers’ safety concerns. While Tesla has claimed the use of Autopilot results in 40% fewer crashes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has said it has not assessed the system’s effectiveness.

“In theory, Autopilot is a great safety feature. Unfortunately, issues with software updates and a misconception of the system’s capabilities have been problematic,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured by a defective product and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, El Centro, and Yucca Valley, and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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