Crashed Tesla Model X - Image Credit: Tesla Motors Club Forum
Sudden accelerations claims against vehicles are common. So much so that we usually dismiss them without even waiting for evidence to be presented.
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However, one Tesla owner recently went so far as to file lawsuit (filing/docket info here - hat tip to George K) against the automaker over a sudden acceleration claim, according to Reuters.
This isn't the first time a Tesla owner has tried to pin pedal misapplication onto the automaker and it won't be the last, but before we get to that, let us first present the owner's side of the story.
As Reuters reports:
"The Model X owner, Ji Chang Son, said that one night in September, he slowly pulled into his driveway as his garage door opened when the car suddenly sped forward."
"The vehicle spontaneously began to accelerate at full power, jerking forward and crashing through the interior wall of the garage, destroying several wooden support beams in the wall and a steel sewer pipe, among other things, and coming to rest in Plaintiffs' living room," the lawsuit said."
"The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, seeks class action status."
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*Editor's Note: Unfortunately we don't have any images of the crash mentioned by Son. Images throughout this article are from previous sudden acceleration claims, all of which have been denied or proven untrue by Tesla.
The class action status is being sought due to there being at least 7 other similar complaints logged on the NHTSA database (anyone can file a complaint on this database and there are often even "trollers" filing complaints who use fake VINs and/or don't even own said vehicle). Most of these complaints have been refuted and proved untrue by Tesla, who examines vehicle data logs to determine the actual cause of the incident.
In this case too, Tesla determined that sudden acceleration did not cause the wreck. Tesla issued this statement:
“We take the safety of our customers very seriously and conducted a thorough investigation following Mr. Son’s claims. The evidence, including data from the car, conclusively shows that the crash was the result of Mr. Son pressing the accelerator pedal all the way to 100%.”
That should be the end of the story, but as of right now, the suit still stands. Apparently, there's some pent up hate from Son towards Tesla. Tesla's statement included this:
“Before filing his class action lawsuit against Tesla, Mr. Son had threatened to use his celebrity status in Korea to hurt Tesla unless we agreed to make a financial payment and acknowledge that the vehicle accelerated on its own. However, the evidence clearly shows the vehicle was not at fault. Our policy is to stand by the evidence and not to give in to ultimatums.”
We feel this lawsuit will be promptly dismissed once Tesla is afforded the opportunity to present its data, but as always we'll stick with this developing story to keep you abreast of any developments.