Tesla sudden acceleration Stories April 4, 2017

In December, a Tesla Model X owner in California sued Tesla over what he claims was a sudden acceleration caused by his all-electric SUV. He seeks to turn the suit into a class action citing several other instances of sudden acceleration in Tesla’s vehicles – something we covered extensively and we concluded that the evidence points toward pedal misapplication, including in one particular case where the logs were reviewed by a third-party.

They seem to be shifting the approach of the suit toward accepting that the sudden acceleration events are due to pedal misapplication, but they claim that it is Tesla’s fault for not preventing them. The company has now asked the court to dismiss the claims. expand full story

Tesla sudden acceleration Stories January 10, 2017

In the past few weeks, we reported on a Tesla Model X owner in California who sued Tesla over what he claims was a sudden acceleration caused by his all-electric SUV. The result – as shown above – was his Model X crashing through his garage and into his living room. The automaker says that the logs show the driver pressed on the accelerator when he should have been pressing on the brake pedal.

As we reported last week, the owner of the Model X, a celebrity in Korea, has launched a media campaign to discredit Tesla and now his lawyer says that they are seeking a recall from NHTSA and compares the situation to Toyota’s $1.6 billion settlement for sudden acceleration events. expand full story

Tesla sudden acceleration Stories January 2, 2017

Last week, we reported on a Model X owner suing Tesla after he crashed his vehicle through his garage and into his living room. Ji Chang Son claims that when pulling into his garage, his Model X accelerated autonomously and caused the crash.

The company claimed that Son, a singer and actor in South Korea, threatened to use his celebrity status in the country to affect the company right when it is about to launch in the market unless Tesla would make a financial payment and admit that the accident was the fault of the vehicle.

The actor didn’t deny that and it looks like he actually followed through with the threat since he has been on a media blitz in Korea since filing the lawsuit in California last Friday. expand full story

Tesla sudden acceleration Stories December 30, 2016

We covered claims of sudden acceleration in Tesla’s vehicles quite extensively at Electrek this year, which is why we are not surprised to see that the issue being taken to court after a new accident. In September, we published a report based on several reported events of sudden acceleration, especially in the Model X (like the one pictured above), and we concluded that all concrete evidence, including a third-party review of the vehicle logs in one case, points to user mistakes – pressing the accelerator instead of the brake pedal to be precise.

Now a Model X owner has filed a lawsuit against Tesla in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California and he is seeking class action status based on other previously reported cases of alleged autonomous acceleration events in Tesla’s vehicles.

Tesla responded to the suit quite strongly in a statement claiming that not only the vehicle was not at fault, but also that the owner, a famous actor and singer in South Korea, “threatened to use his celebrity status in Korea to hurt Tesla unless [the company] agreed to make a financial payment and acknowledge that the vehicle accelerated on its own.” expand full story

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