Two US senators ask market watchdog FTC to investigate Tesla,

Reuters

news agency

reported on

Wednesday

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The politicians say the company and CEO Elon Musk have misled customers with "exaggerated claims" about the self-driving function of the electric cars.

"Tesla and Mr. Musk's exaggerated claims endanger Tesla drivers and the entire traveling public," Democrats Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey wrote in a letter to FTC Chairman Lina Khan.

"Tesla drivers believe these claims and believe that their vehicles are equipped to drive themselves. This could have deadly consequences."

The FTC has not yet responded to the letter.

The self-driving function of Tesla cars has been under fire for some time.

On Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a formal investigation into the self-driving feature.

According to the organization, there have been 11 accidents since 2018 in which Tesla cars hit rescuer vehicles or arrow trucks while the self-driving feature was enabled.

One person is said to have died in the accidents and seventeen people were injured.

Tesla has not yet responded to the senators' letter or to the NHTSA investigation, but co-founder Musk has always said the self-driving feature is safe when used properly.

The automaker claims on its website that Tesla cars are the safest cars in the world.

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