Elon Musk’s electric mobility company Tesla seems to be in trouble once again. According to the latest media report, the company has been sued as well as a Feder investigation after the driver and a passenger died in an accident in Florida last year allegedly due to suspension failure.
The family of the deceased driver filed a lawsuit against Tesla in a Florida state court last week, according to a report by Reuters news agency, claiming the 2021 Model 3 electric car had “defective and dangerous suspension”. which can cause the car to spin out of control during normal and near-term driving conditions”. The matter was first reported by legal information site Plainsite.
The lawsuit states that four days before the accident in September, driver Nicholas G. Garcia (Nicholas G. Garcia) brought his electric car to a Tesla store due to problems with “controllability/steering, suspension, battery and electronic systems, and ability to open doors”.
The lawsuit accuses a Tesla service manager of ‘negligently’ inspecting an affected model.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is investigating the accident, said in a preliminary report in November that the car was speeding before hitting two trees and causing a fire.
The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $30,000 (about Rs 20 crore) from Tesla and the service manager.
The bottom of the car hit the road on top of a “hump” in the middle of an intersection, according to a police report seen by Reuters. The driver lost control of the car before the collision and the car went off the road.
In October, Tesla recalled about 3,000 2020-2021 Model Y and 2019-2021 Model 3 vehicles in the US due to suspension issues. Tesla recalled 21,599 Model Y manufactured in China in December, saying a suspension link could fall off the steering knuckle under extreme stress.
In 2020, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigating approximately 115,000 Model S and Model X vehicles over front suspension safety issues.