We are investigating complaints from Tesla Model S owners concerned that hackers may gain unfettered access to their cars in seconds by cloning their key fob. In June 2018, Tesla announced it had developed an upgraded key fob and new anti-theft features for the Model S, including a PIN code drivers must enter on the dashboard to start the car. But Model S owners who didn’t enable the PIN or pay out-of-pocket to upgrade their key fob may still be vulnerable to hacking.
If you own or lease a 2012–2018 Tesla Model S luxury sedan, you may be eligible to receive reimbursement for key fob replacement and devaluation of your car. Please call us at 1.800.887.8029 or submit a free case review.
Tesla Model S Key Fob Vulnerability
The Tesla Model S, a premium, all-electric car, uses a passive keyless entry and starting system (PKES), manufactured by Pektron. The manufacturer of Tesla’s PKES relied on outdated technology that has been alleged to provide inadequate encryption, unnecessarily leaving the Model S vulnerable to wrongful entry.
Tesla Model S owners reasonably expect that a car touted as an industry leader in technology and can cost upwards of $140,000 will have implemented secure and adequate technology. Our investigation alleges Tesla has actively concealed and failed to disclose a security flaw that allowed its key fobs to be cloned.
In The News
September 13, 2018: Tesla Opens with Precomputed Key Fob Attack, hackaday.com
September 10, 2018: Hackers can steal a Tesla Model S in seconds by cloning its key fob, wired.com
October 22, 2018: Watch a Tesla Model S get stolen with a key fob hack, theverge.com
How We Can Help
If you purchased or leased a 2012-2018 Tesla Model S, we would like to assist you with your potential claim. Please fill out a free case review or give us a call at 1.800.887.8029 to learn how we can help. Zimmerman Reed has over 30 years of experience handling consumer product claims and we are here to listen to your story and answer any questions you may have.