Driver Blames Tesla Crash on the Car

Posted by: Xavier Kwan onJune 7th, 2016


Tesla’s vehicle reliability is coming into question once again. This time an owner is claiming that an accident which involved the vehicle crashing into a building, was caused by the vehicle and not the fault of the owner. The issue began when Puzant Oznag, owner o the Model X, was pulling into a parking spot with his wife when suddenly he alleged that the Model X sped up unexpectedly, climbed over a planter, and hit the building directly in front.

Fortunately the vehicle went straight ahead into a solid wall as the vehicle could have very easily launched into a storefront and injured people. Unfortunately, Ozbag and his wife received minor burns caused by the deployment of the air bags during the collision. According to Ozbag, “The acceleration was uncontrollable, seemed maximum and the car only stopped because it hit the building and caused massive damage to the building.”

However, according to Tesla, they “analyzed the vehicle logs which confirm that this Model X was operating correctly under manual control and was never in Autopilot or cruise control at the time of the incident or in the minutes before. Data shows that the vehicle was traveling at 6 mph when the accelerator pedal was abruptly increased to 100%. Consistent with the driver’s actions, the vehicle applied torque and accelerated as instructed. Safety is the top priority at Tesla and we engineer and build our cars with this foremost in mind. We are pleased that the driver is ok and ask our customers to exercise safe behavior when using our vehicles.”

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