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California Accuses Tesla of False Advertising with ADAS Systems

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Aug. 9, 2022—The California Department of Motor Vehicles late last month filed official complaints against Tesla, accusing the EV manufacturer of making false claims about its ADAS systems.

The complaints, which according to The Detroit News were first publicized by the Los Angeles Times on Friday, say Tesla has made misleading or wholly untrue about its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features that lead customers to believe those systems are more advanced than they actually are.

The DMV is asking the company through the Office of Administrative Hearings to provide more accurate descriptions of its ADAS packages. Per the report, if the DMV wins its hearing against Tesla and the automaker fails to comply with a ruling, the agency can refile its complaint for more significant penalties. Tesla has 15 days to respond to the accusation.

Tesla has already come under scrutiny from NHTSA in recent months after several crashes that may have involved the automaker's ADAS systems have resulted in fatalities.

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