James Hanna experienced an unexpected and concerning situation with his Tesla while driving on Interstate 277 in Charlotte. Despite having a battery capacity of over 60%, Hanna’s Tesla suddenly shut down, leaving him stranded on the busy highway. Fortunately, no accidents occurred, given the relatively slower traffic that day.
According to Hanna, Tesla acknowledged the issue with his car and sent a text message mentioning “insufficient power being supplied to vehicle contactors, ultimately shutting down.” This revelation has left Hanna, who initially valued Tesla for its safety features, anxious about driving the vehicle, even contemplating selling it due to safety concerns.
Having reported the incident to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), Hanna’s case is not isolated. Stoogenke discovered 12 similar complaints to the NHTSA since June 2022.
Additionally, incidents reported by news outlets, including a fatal crash in Kansas City and a driver trapped inside a Tesla during extreme heat in Phoenix, raise further concerns about the safety of Tesla vehicles.
Despite these incidents, Tesla’s website does not currently list a recall for the specific issue described by Hanna. The NHTSA advised vehicle owners to familiarize themselves with their vehicle’s features and promptly recharge the 12V battery if a low battery warning is received.
Importantly, Tesla owners should be aware of how to manually exit the vehicle in the event of a battery failure.
Stoogenke attempted to seek clarification from Tesla by contacting the company multiple times, but as of the latest update, Tesla has not responded to inquiries about Hanna’s situation. The lack of response adds to the uncertainty surrounding the reported incidents and the potential risks associated with Tesla vehicles.