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U.S. auto-safety regulators have escalated their investigation into emergency-scene crashes involving Tesla Inc.’s Autopilot. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a notice published Thursday that it was expanding a probe begun last August into a series of crashes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expanding a probe begun last August into a series of crashes. The agency said it was upgrading its earlier investigation to an engineering analysis. NHTSA also said it has expanded its examination of Autopilot to include a wider range of crashes, not only those at emergency scenes.

The investigation covers an estimated 830,000 Tesla vehicles made from 2014 to 2021. NHTSA said it has identified 15 injuries and one fatality related to the crashes. The agency said it would further assess how drivers interact with Autopilot and the degree to which it might reduce motorists’ attentiveness.

The electric-car maker’s stock was up 2.5% in midday trading Thursday. Tesla has long maintained that driving with Autopilot engaged is safer than doing so without it. The company points to internal data showing that crashes were less common when drivers were using autopilot.
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