Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E.

Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E.

Renault-Samsung SM3 Electric

Renault-Samsung SM3 Electric

Unintended acceleration cases aren't all that rare for electric cars. In fact, there's been several such cases involving Tesla Model S sedans.

Most all of these are the result of driver error, rather than an actual issue with the car and such seems to be true here in regards to the Renault-Samsung SM3 Z.E.

Korea Times reports:

"A series of alleged sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) accidents have been reported involving Renault Samsung Motors' SM3 electric cars on Jeju Island. The automaker is blaming the accidents on drivers' poor driving skills."

Renault-Samsung released a statement on the matter, saying that all 3 incidents were "caused by the drivers' misperceptions or poor driving skills, not by model defects."


Previous "Unintended Acceleration" Claim Involving A Tesla Model S

Incident 1:

50-year-old Chung crashed into a horse racing track. No injuries. Chung stated:

"I was stepping on the brake pedal before I was going to hit a bump in the road. My car then suddenly went backward into the horse park."

"My car was not supposed to run backward since the gear shift was in drive."

Incident 2:

66-year-old Moon's car allegedly accelerated and crashed into a laundry business. Moon stated:

"I was pulling over in front of the church. But my car suddenly accelerated when I took my foot off the accelerator to slow down. I believe this was a typical SUA case."

Incident 3:

Another SM3 Z.E. driver, Moon (a different Moon) age 65, claims she pressed her foot down on the brake but the car accelerated across a parking lot making a roaring sound.

Renault-Samsung response:

A Renault-Samsung spokesperson discredits some of these claims, stating:

"Electric cars do not make roaring sounds since they have electric motors."

"The electric data downloaded from the car showed the driver pressed down on the accelerator instead of the brake when making a right turn. Considering he just took delivery of the car, however, the company decided to install a new black box and other safety-related equipment for free."

The police concluded that in incident 3, it was the driver's fault. Police say the driver was pressing both pedals, not just the brake as she stated.

Source: Korea Times, hat tip to George K!

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