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NHTSA Opens Investigation Into VinFast Crash

The crash in California resulted in the deaths of four people.

Key Takeaways

  • The NHTSA is investigating a VinFast crash in Pleasanton, CA involving a VF8.
  • Police believe speed may have played a factor in the crash, in which the car hit a tree and caught fire.
  • The owner had experienced steering issues with the vehicle and filed a complaint after the crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has officially opened an investigation into a crash involving the VinFast VF8. The incident happened back on April 24 of this year in Pleasanton, California.

This single-car crash resulted in a fire when the vehicle hit a large tree. Local police reported that the driver appeared to lose control of the vehicle and that speed may have played a part in the accident. Pleasonton police Lt. Erik Silaci told the Pleasanton Weekly, “Speed was a factor just because of the level of damage to the vehicle. That vehicle … there’s not much left of it.”

VinFast VF 8
VinFast

Steering Problems

A couple along with their two children, ages 13 and 9, were killed in the crash. The vehicle was being driven by the father, Tarun George, but the car was registered to a friend who was a co-worker.

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The complaint states that the owner had experienced steering issues with the VF8 and had concerns that George may have had a similar issue that resulted in the crash. The owner indicated that the steering wheel automatically moved the car to the right, but that control was regained before any accident. This issue recurred when lane assist was engaged.

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VinFast

Additional Complaints

The NHTSA has received 9 complaints regarding the VinFast VF8. Seven of these came between March and April with some mentioning a similar issue of sudden loss of steering control along with problems with lane keeping and with the vehicle maintaining a consistent speed.

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A VinFast spokesperson said, “VinFast is aware of this tragic accident in Pleasanton and our hearts go out to the family. The authorities are currently investigating the cause of the accident and will share their findings when their work is completed.” The Vinfast VF8 was the first vehicle from the Vietnamese automaker to launch in the US. It’s second vehicle, the VF9, is currently available for reservations.

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VinFast

Source: Pleasanton Weekly

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