Tesla must complete brake fix to regain top safety rating - Consumer Reports

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By Nick Carey

DETROIT (Reuters) - Tesla Inc wants to finish fixing its Mannequin S sedan emergency braking system to regain Shopper Studies' prime security score, the journal stated on Friday, noting that a current replace by the posh electrical automotive maker was not sufficient.

The journal, which supplies an annual score of automobiles bought in america, stated on Wednesday the sedan had misplaced its prime rating within the ultra-luxury automotive class for failing to put in the function that it had promised to house owners as commonplace gear.

The Mannequin S fell to 3rd place in Shopper Reviews' scores behind the Lexus LS made by Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> and the BMW 7 Collection .

Shopper Stories stated each Tesla fashions beforehand got here with normal automated emergency braking (AEB), a function that helps scale back accidents. The software program situation impacts newer automobiles constructed since late October 2016.

The journal stated Friday that the Mannequin S sedan it owns had acquired an automated emergency braking software program replace Thursday, however the brand new model solely operates as much as 28 miles per hour (45 km).

That's far lower than the present 90 mile per hour restrict for the prior Tesla AEB system included on automobiles constructed earlier than late October.

The journal cited a press release from Tesla that "over the subsequent a number of weeks" the automotive maker would improve the velocity restrict "till it's the most able to any car on the planet."

The California automaker final week recalled 53,000 Mannequin S and Mannequin X automobiles to repair an unrelated parking brake concern.

Earlier this month, Tesla briefly edged out Common Motors Co to grow to be probably the most priceless U.S. automotive maker.

(Reporting by Nick Carey; Modifying by Richard Chang)