| DETROIT, April 28
DETROIT, April 28 Tesla Inc needs to
complete fixing its Model S sedan emergency braking system to
regain Consumer Reports' top safety rating, the magazine said on
Friday, noting that a recent update by the luxury electric car
maker was not enough.
The magazine, which provides an annual rating of vehicles
sold in the United States, said on Wednesday the sedan had lost
its top ranking in the ultra-luxury car category for failing to
install the feature that it had promised to owners as standard
The Model S fell to third place in Consumer Reports' ratings
behind the Lexus LS made by Toyota Motor Corp and the
BMW 7 Series.
Consumer Reports said both Tesla models previously came with
standard automatic emergency braking (AEB), a feature that helps
reduce accidents. The software issue affects more recent
vehicles built since late October 2016.
The magazine said Friday that the Model S sedan it owns had
received an automatic emergency braking software update
Thursday, but the new version only operates up to 28 miles per
hour (45 km).
That is far less than the current 90 mile per hour limit for
the prior Tesla AEB system included on vehicles built before
The magazine cited a statement from Tesla that "over the
next several weeks" the car maker would increase the speed limit
"until it is the most capable of any vehicle in the world."
The California automaker last week recalled 53,000 Model S
and Model X vehicles to fix an unrelated parking brake issue.
Earlier this month, Tesla briefly edged out General Motors
Co to become the most valuable U.S. car maker.
(Reporting by Nick Carey; Editing by Richard Chang)