Tesla Model S Owner Files Lawsuit Against Restrictive Update

David Rasmusssen claims Tesla used restrictions to avoid making a battery recall.

On July 20, we informed you about a Tesla update that made the Model S and X recharge slower or even lose some miles in range. The company claimed it was a safety measure, which sounded really suspicious in light of a Shanghai fire that happened in April. We are still waiting for Tesla to clarify it the update and the fire are related in any way. To no avail. A customer also demanded answers. On behalf of all the affected owners. In court.

David Rasmussen, who we mentioned in our previous article, had a detailed graphic on his car’s battery pack degradation over time. And his graphic showed a steep decrease right after the “safety update”. Apparently, he ran out of patience with the company and decided it will have to explain the issue to the authorities in a lawsuit he filed this last Wednesday (August 7).

Rasmussen also asks that the lawsuit has class action status, which would allow him to represent the whole group of affected owners. In other words, every Tesla Model S or X owner who is not happy with the changes that came with the update.

“Under the guise of ‘safety’ and increasing the ‘longevity’ of the batteries of the Class Vehicles, Tesla fraudulently manipulated its software with the intent to avoid its duties and legal obligations to customers to fix, repair, or replace the batteries of the Class Vehicles, all of which Tesla knew were defective, yet failed to inform its customers of the defects,” the lawsuit states, according to Reuters.