A man driving a Tesla Model 3 in Southern California said the vehicle’s computer froze while driving at 83 mph on the freeway on April 7.
Vehicle owner Javier Rodriguez told ABC7 Los Angeles that the vehicle’s buttons and switches, including turn signals and hazard warning lights, did not work and the throttle did not respond.
The Telsa’s brakes worked and Rodriguez went off the road.
A California Highway Patrol officer helped Rodriguez off the highway where the car was being towed.
USA TODAY has contacted the California Highway Patrol for comment.
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“I noticed it was getting hot in the car and there was a weird smell coming from it,” Rodriguez told the Los Angeles News Station. “I was nervous that if I braked a lot I wouldn’t be able to regain speed to keep up with traffic and around cars. I was afraid someone would hit me.”
Rodriguez took his vehicle to Tesla where the diagnosis was “miscommunication from the charging port door causing the power conversion system to shut down to protect on-board components,” Rodriguez said.
“I need more explanation,” Rodriguez said. “I’m on the freeway and it’s happening at 83 miles an hour. Everyone’s trying to say, ‘Well, we fixed it. We fixed it, “but I need an explanation.”
USA TODAY has contacted Tesla for comment.