NHTSA initiates probe into deadly crash with VinFast VF8 involvement

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has initiated an investigation into a tragic accident involving a VinFast VF8 that resulted in the deaths of four individuals. The incident occurred on April 24 in Pleasanton, California, where a family of four, including two parents and two children aged 9 and 13, lost their lives.

The investigation was prompted by an official complaint filed with the NHTSA on April 29. According to the complaint, concerns were raised regarding potential issues with the steering wheel and lane assist of the vehicle.

The complainant stated that on multiple occasions, the steering wheel had automatically shifted out of the lane while the lane assist was engaged. Despite being able to regain control in those instances, the complainant expressed worry that similar steering failures might have occurred during the fatal accident.

During the accident, the vehicle crashed into a pole and then a tree before catching fire. The airbags deployed, and a police report was filed for the incident.

The NHTSA ID number for the potential steering component issue is 11585817, and the manufacturer has been informed of the crash and has initiated an investigation. It is reported that the issue, believed to have impacted 999 electric vehicles, was addressed through an over-the-air software update.

The manufacturer has also taken steps to rectify the situation and was offering significant compensations for service issues and delays. In conclusion, the NHTSA’s investigation and the steps taken by the manufacturer are crucial in ensuring the safety of these vehicles and in preventing similar incidents in the future.

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