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Consumer groups seek FTC probe of Tesla practices

Two consumer groups are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate how Tesla Motors has marketed its “Autopilot” semi-autonomous driver aid suite.

The Center for Auto Safety and Consumer Watchdog contend the company violates the FTC Act by using unfair and deceptive practices. Tesla claims the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has determined the product is safe but that isn’t the case, the groups said.

They allege the “findings that Tesla cited were not the result of methodologically sound research. NHTSA, the entity that provided...

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