Tesla Model S Crashes Into Sushi Restaurant (w/video)

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 80

Model S Inside Restaurant

Model S Inside Restaurant

A female driver of a Tesla Model S reportedly lost control of her vehicle at approximately 9:30 PM on Saturday night.  The Tesla crashed through the Shogun Sushi restaurant in Bakersfield, California before coming to a stop within the building.

As 23 ABC reports:

“Shogun owner, JB Kim says the vehicle ended up half way inside the building. The restaurant had about thirty customers at the time of the incident.”

Brick Webb, friend of JB Kim, owner of Shogun, stated

“…this could have been worse than what it is. The restaurant was at full capacity.”

Fortunately, reported injuries were minor:

“Kim’s wife was injured in the accident. He says his wife is at an area hospital with a minor leg injury. There was also a two-year-old baby taken to the hospital for observation.”

Police on the scene did not arrest or charge the Model S driver at the time of the incident.  Neither drugs nor alcohol were believed to play a role in this accident.

It seems likely that the driver mistakenly hit the accelerator pedal when trying to apply the brakes.  This is now the second time a Model S has crashed into a restaurant.  In the previous instance, the Model S driver blamed it on unintended acceleration.

Source: 23 ABC

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80 responses to "Tesla Model S Crashes Into Sushi Restaurant (w/video)"

  1. Mark H says:

    I wonder if Tesla added a non-sport mode like many EVs have would any percentage of Tesla drivers use it? I know a Tesla “anything” is news but jeesh, ease up on the accelerator already…

  2. Yarak says:

    Toyota was taken to task at great expense for the “spontaneous acceleration” issue. An analogous case could be made that these cars are simply not suited for drivers without sufficient experience for the performance specs. Clearly with only a relatively small number of vehicles on the road, the number of spectacular crashes involving Tesla’s vehicles has been surprising.

    1. Charlene Blake says:

      Toyota was let off the hook before anything was publicly revealed about the ETCS-i and the glitchy software in it. Fat chance this company will change its tune, Independent Monitor or not. It continues to tell vehicle owners who strongly complain about sudden unintended acceleration that it can’t find anything wrong.

      Obviously, Toyota doesn’t want to find anything wrong. What’s up with the no fault codes? Is Toyota intentionally making sure its ETCS designers omit certain fault codes pertaining to sudden unintended acceleration?

      1. kdawg says:

        You are talking about 2 different types of “acceleration” scenarios.

    2. kdawg says:

      “Clearly with only a relatively small number of vehicles on the road, the number of spectacular crashes involving Tesla’s vehicles has been surprising.”

      The data disagrees with you.

  3. Sebastian says:

    Behold the power of (it is not believed to have played a role) alcohol….

  4. Raymondjram says:

    Of all the 6,000 Model S that were sold, only two have crashed? That is a low percentage. It is not the car’s fault but the driver’s. I read gas car accidents every day, and all were caused by drivers. None of the other manufacturers gets blamed!

    1. ELROY says:

      I hope you mean two into restaurants? Because just a few weeks ago there were two deadly Tesla wrecks within a few days.

  5. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    Lady drivers, amirite?

    1. offib says:

      Don’t even go there, dude.

      1. EV says:

        dont even go there? dude, females suck at driving and thats a fact

        1. kdawg says:

          Fact is female drivers statistically have less accidents then male drivers.

          1. Spec9 says:

            Less accidents? Or less costly accidents? That would be an interesting statistic to know.

            1. Mikael says:

              Women cause less accidents in total, less costly accidents, less accidents with severe injuries or deaths etc. There is a very large difference. They cause less accidents by a big margin in every category, even when compensating for how much less they drive (male drivers still drive more miles than women).

              Here between 70 and 77% of total accidents are caused by men. 15 out of 16 pedestrian deaths in traffic are caused by men.

              The safest male drivers are the one between 65 and 74. The least safe are male drivers 18-24 and male drivers 75+ which are about equally dangerous and accident prone.

              1. See Through says:

                You have to talk percentages. If 75% drivers on road are make, comparing the absolute number of male vs. female accidents is foolish.

                As such, I don’t think we should be discussing this woman vs. man issue here. The real issue is the sudden acceleration in Model S. How long can Tesla fans keep blaming it on stupid drivers?

                1. Mikael says:

                  “…even when compensating for how much less they drive”

                  The number of drivers are about 50/50, and the number of miles driven by males are about 56% of total miles.

                  Happy? 🙂

                  If you want less accidents and deaths on the roads, put a female behind the wheel.

                  If you want to get rid of almost all accidents, put autonomous computer systems behind the wheels.

    2. Mikael says:

      Haha… I know you’re just joking. But statistically it’s much more likely to be a male. Especially a male between 18 and 26.

      1. kdawg says:

        Saw your post after I posted mine. Beat me to it.

  6. kdawg says:

    The sooner they add collision avoidance the better. (sigh) [insert drive-thru joke]

    1. Anon says:

      Hoping it will be part of the AutoPilot package expected sometime next year…

  7. Mark says:

    Insert woman driver joke here…

  8. Cavaron says:

    I blame it mostly on the lack of a physical key or start/stop button and a physical handbrake. An of course human error, but such things happen. Glad no one got badly hurt.

  9. Taser54 says:

    Pedal spacing? It’s been suggested before.

  10. Mikael says:

    This shouldn’t be happening with a modern car. There are plenty of safety systems to prevent things like this.

    I do love Tesla but their safety systems are very poor.

    1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      What kind of safety system, pray tell, can read the mind of a driver who hits the accelerator instead of the brake?

      1. Dwayne says:

        RADAR based collision avoidance systems.

        1. pjwood says:

          Guns have a second amendment. Steering wheels don’t. Maybe we should get rid of them.

      2. Warren says:

        Noland has written the best stuff I have read about EVs in general, and his Tesla in particular.


      3. Mikael says:

        Excactly as Dwayne said. There are plenty of active safety systems of different kinds to avoid collisions or minimize them.

        There is a good reason why the Tesla hasn’t been in the Euro NCAP yet. It’s because they know they have no chance of getting the full 5 stars.

        1. EV says:

          safety systems are probably the most useless things that exist, no car needs that crap, you are the driver, you control the car, clearly her foot slipped and she smashed the pedal, probably was wearing heels or some stupid type of shoe.

          screw safety systems they do nothing

          1. Mikael says:

            I hope you are just trolling. I can’t imagine this being a serious opinion.

      4. Charlene Blake says:

        Pedal placement is a red herring. Check the ETCS software.

    2. Charlene Blake says:

      Who makes or designs the ETCS in the Telsa? Thanks!

    3. EV says:

      humans aren’t part of the safety system, you can control the pedal

  11. Surya says:

    Oh no! An other proof that Tesla builds death machines!

    1. Anon says:

      All powered devices present risks to their users and those around them. That’s why one should never take operating them for granted, no matter how “in control” you believe yourself to be at the time…

      Restaurants appear to be places that are highly distracting to drivers. It may be due to the increased number of people walking around, anxiety about getting parking spaces before someone else, being on time to meet friends, or having low blood sugar before a meal– which we know can influence how well (or not) the brain functions…

      1. Charlene Blake says:

        Anything but the highly complex and glitchy electronics, eh? Those pesky old drivers, ones with pre-existing medical conditions, seizure-prone ones, woman drivers, and those darn impaired ones…they keep crashing into storefronts, buildings, and homes. What’s wrong with them, huh? It just could to be the VEHICLE or the cover-up prone automaker, right? We all know how above-board the automakers are…especially already criminally-investigated Toyota and soon-to-be criminally-investigated GM.

        Give the drivers a much needed break! Look at the complex electronics and the lack of strict safety standards designed into them. Remember, the airline safety standards are far safer than those used in the automobile industry. Why isn’t the public demanding the same?

        1. Anon says:

          The truth is, Humans are far more “glitchy” than the comparatively simple electronics found in the Model S…

          And sentience comes at the high cost of not knowing what each ‘lower’ biological subsystem is doing at any given time… Like, where is your foot positioned in space, before you thoughtlessly rush to press down with it. Etc., etc.

          People are essentially single-taskers at a conscious level. And most of a person’s daily behavior is produced directly from their UNCONSCIOUS self. It does not take much to break the fragile house of cards, that is human sentience.

          Get real, and use your mind for once.

      2. Surya says:

        Next time I’ll add a smiley so people don’t take me too seriously when I tell a joke 🙂

  12. Ocean Railroader says:

    She wasn’t using her head at the time of the crash.

    1. Anon says:

      It’s almost becoming a trend for new Tesla drivers…

      “Hey! Look at my awesome new Tesla!!!”

      *Drives thru walls, so people inside can see it better*

      We’ll call it “Disruptive Insertion”. 😉

      1. Charlene Blake says:

        Trend indeed…but most likely points to the powerful and potentially-glitch electronic throttle control system. Is anyone examining it closely? Experts required.

        1. Anon says:

          Not. Not everyone that can own a vehicle, SHOULD own a vehicle. For example, the 70+ year old lady that drove into a SoCal restaurant, clearly should not be driving *ANY* car Tesla or otherwise.

          That said, a lot of training goes into helping people fly complex aircraft, so that it becomes a learned behavior and less conscious thought is required to control it under stressful situations.

          An in-car training app might not be a bad idea, for newbie drivers to make the cognitive and muscle memory adjustment to their new Tesla, easier and more quickly…

  13. ffbj says:

    Almost anyone, of legal age, can get a license to drive a car, though that does not mean they should be driving a car. Luckily no one was seriously injured. It must have been like Anon said except a low speed disruptive insertion.

  14. ffbj says:

    Gives a new meaning to “California Roll.”

    1. Spec9 says:

      Badum *tish*

  15. Charlene Blake says:

    Toyota and Lexus are #1 in cases of sudden unintended acceleration and FORD is #2. The current unintended acceleration plaguing newer vehicles is the electronically-induced type. The engine throttle control systems depend on computer software to command them. Sometimes glitches occur…like in some of your other electronic devices…which can cause the command to be different than what you desire. The evidence of the glitch is often undetectable after the vehicle is restarted. Unfortunately, the EDR (black box) is not always accurate as shown by expert Dr. Antony Anderson in his analysis of a 2012 Toyota Highlander. The EDR results indicated the driver was not braking when she was doing so. The EDR results are inconsistent.

    The key to avoiding a horrific crash during a SUA event is whether or not the vehicle has an effective fail-safe in the event a glitch occurs. If it does not, as in the case of the glitch-prone Toyota ETCS-i, then the vehicle may become a runaway with an ineffective means to stop it. Unfortunately, the safety standards aren’t as strict in automobiles as they are in airplanes. Some manufacturers have more effective fail-safes than others. In the case of Toyota, an embedded software expert, Michael Barr (see Oklahoma Bookout vs. Toyota court case involving a 2005 Camry) found that an electronic glitch could induce a SUA event. Another expert, Dr. Henning Leidecker, found that a SUA event could also be triggered by “tin whisker” formation, particularly in 2002-2006 Toyota Camry vehicles.

    SUA events have been DEADLY for vehicle occupants as well as pedestrians and people in storefronts, buildings, and even homes. The numbers of such crashes are ever-increasing with the advent of the very complex ELECTRONIC throttle control systems.

    With the increase in such serious vehicle crashes, there is a concerted effort to show driver “pedal misapplication” or a “medical condition” or some other reason for the incident…anything other than a vehicle defect. Investigators aren’t scrutinizing the buggy electronic throttle control software or other conditions that can elicit a terrifying sudden unintended acceleration incident. They usually just examine the *mechanical* causes which tend to be just red herrings in these cases. Investigators simply don’t have the expertise to find such electronic glitches. In fact, the staff at the NHTSA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, do not have this very specialized training!

    Think of it…the next step in electronically-controlled vehicles seems to be so-called “self-driving cars.” Do YOU want to be in a such a vehicle when there is no evidence that strict safety standards, particularly in the throttle control system’s software, have been adhered to? Will you just BLINDLY trust the automaker (criminally-investigated and nearly-prosecuted Toyota and soon-to-be GM and others?) to come through for you and your family’s safety *on its own*?

    A recently published Huffington Post article by Jonathan Handel,
    How Do We Know Driverless Cars Are Safe? Google Says ‘Trust Us’
    Posted: 07/01/2014 7:23 pm EDT Updated: 07/02/2014 1:48 pm EDT speaks to these very issues and poses tough questions about Google’s “driverless” vehicles. Educate yourself carefully before you put your faith in automakers who have knowingly lied to their customers and the government for decades. Study the issue of vehicle electronic sudden unintended acceleration and ask WHY we aren’t seeing it addressed publicly. WHY is blame placed on the driver with little more than speculation about which pedal was used or with little more than an assumption on medical condition. This is being done *even when the drivers steadfastly cite a VEHICLE PROBLEM as the cause of the crash. Absence of proof is not proof of absence of a serious ELECTRONIC computer glitch or other electronically-caused SUA.

  16. Charlene Blake says:

    PR spin by automaker, law enforcement, and media in full force? Do they desperately desire the final report to say “pedal misapplication” in order to deflect from the ELECTRONICS of the computer-controlled throttle control system?

    Let’s see if the driver is hung out to dry publicly as so many have been in these crashes into storefronts, buildings, and homes. Jail time for drivers has been levied with nothing more than ruling out the mechanical causes. In cases of Toyota and Lexus, inconsistent and inaccurate EDR information has been used to falsely incriminate SUA crash victims. Character assassinations in the media prior to concrete evidence presentation seem to be the norm.

    Are automakers nervous that the truth will be revealed publicly? Why are so many of the articles about such SUA events lacking in pertinent details, like make, model, and model year? Why aren’t the exact words of the driver stated? Why is there usually immediate speculation that the driver pressed the wrong pedal? These late model vehicles are *computer-controlled*. Glitches occur often. Critical safety standards aren’t strictly regulated and fail-safes have been found to be ineffective by experts in the embedded software field.

    Think about how often you reboot your electronic devices. Have you considered that an electronically-driven vehicle has many of the same “glitch” issues? Are you erroneously assuming that your safety has been ensured by the auto manufacturer? Just know, the auto industry is not regulated like the airline industry. Educate yourself on this critical safety matter.

    The Car Wash Association knows the truth about sudden unintended acceleration in late model vehicles, particularly Chryslers. A FastStop Car Wash just admitted that there is a list of the most common vehicles to suddenly accelerate. After an employee was thrown from a Ford Expedition as it careened out-of-control from a car wash and into a power box on the side of a building, this information was revealed by the media. In addition, Honda has just become the first automaker to address electronic throttle control software problems.

    Why doesn’t the public have access to the most-often-to-suddenly-accelerate vehicle list? How hard are the automakers trying to keep such information hidden? Will what you do not know ultimately put you or your family in unnecessary jeopardy? Will the PR agenda of the automakers continue to push for a “pedal misapplication” final report in these crash events?

    How long will the flawed study into Toyota and Lexus sudden unintended acceleration by NASA/NHTSA be touted as a reason to blame the vehicle owners? How often will the old Audi SUA investigation be cited by online PR trolls in an effort to justify immediate incrimination of the driver victims? More importantly, how long will the public be deceived?

    Why was Toyota whistleblower Betsy Benjaminson recently issued a subpoena by Toyota Motor Corporation? Is this an on-going effort by the automaker to silence the exposure of Toyota internal documents related to the electronic sudden unintended acceleration? Why hasn’t Ms. Benjaminson’s information been covered by the U.S. media as it has been overseas? More importantly, why hasn’t the U.S. Department of Justice made reference to this information in its recent criminal investigation of Toyota? Why have we only heard about *mechanical* causes of SUA?

    Something is amiss. Doesn’t the public deserve to know the truth? After all, electronic sudden unintended acceleration affects everyone, not just vehicle drivers. Pedestrians and storefront occupants have been killed or maimed. Even residents in homes have been impacted. SUA events are not just occurring on the highways; they are happening in parking lots and from a standstill at traffic stops, too.

    This serious problem isn’t just about elderly drivers, drivers with medical conditions, or impaired drivers as a seemingly pervasive PR effort might have you believe. This is about vehicles out-of-control because of electronic glitches and ineffective fail-safes. This is about unregulated critical safety standards in complex electronically-controlled vehicles.

    Charlene McCarthy Blake

    1. Anon says:

      Sorry ‘Charlene’, but Toyota’s issues, are not Tesla’s issues. Please stop astroturfing anti-Tesla BS, when you have no data to support your opinions.

    2. Phr3d says:

      Thank you for your repetitive and thought-revoking closing argument, counselor, your predilection is noted.

  17. Stimpacker says:

    Forget the lady driver jokes. If the driver isn’t under the influence, then there is a strong chance that the driver is elderly. Just last week, there were 2 such cases in my area. In 1 of them, grandma ran up the parking into a Bel-Air. In another, grandma hit the post office.

    If you won’t let grandpa fly a passenger airliner, how is this any different? At the very least have senior drivers re-tested every year. There are alternate transportation for senior citizens if they are unfit to drive.

    1. kdawg says:

      Need those autonomous cars.

    2. EV says:

      She’s a woman

    3. Spec9 says:

      Yeah, Florida regularly has old people that driven through store fronts because they put it into drive instead of reverse or they mash the accelerator instead of brake.

  18. DaveMart says:

    Tesla are not quite sure what caused the accident, but have a team noodling the problem right now…..

  19. Anderlan says:

    Full torque at zero rpm, no spooling time. It’s dangerous.

    1. Anderlan says:

      Maybe e cars should have a slow ramp up on power by default. The LEAF (not that it would even have the heft or speed to do the same amount of damage) cooled off the bottom of their accelerator in 2013 just to save some MPG.

      The bottom line is that batteries are going to get bigger and more powerful and lighter, meaning people running around with 250hp at 0rpm, slamming into each other like maniacs. I’m all for imposing some more modest accel profile defaults that you have to be warned about and take responsibility for if you disable.

  20. Spec9 says:

    Tesla probably needs to make some changes for future models. Perhaps a radar system that will ignore depressions of the accelerator when there is an object directly in front of the car.

    And perhaps some limited driving modes that eliminate most of the torque and acceleration such that if someone mashes the wrong pedal, they don’t cause such a bad accident. With all that torque and mass, the Model S can be dangerous when being driven by idiots.

    1. EV says:

      that sounds stupid, she clearly f’d up, no need for useless “systems”

      you are the driver and you can control the car, it her fault and not the cars, a tesla driver should know how much power is right there at the foot of the pedal

      1. Mikael says:

        She f’d up, but the ones paying the largest price would be the ones getting hit by the car. Thankfully they were not fatal or even serious this time.

        Having “systems” for security is not useless. We have safety belts, air-bags etc. which are other “useless systems” to keep both someone f’king up or someone getting hit by such a car from death and injuries if possible.

        It’s not the cars fault, but there are methods from keeping the car from being involved in such bad handling or accidents for other reasons. Those methods should be used and are widely used in Europe.

        1. CherylG's_DirtyLittleSecret says:

          Yeah, sure, let’s make a car a sh1tload more expensive because a few dumb@$$es.
          So let’s force everyone who is a responsible driver to pay extra for this because ‘someone’ mig efup.

          Maybe she should be driving a Prius. It has the best safety feature of all, crappy acceleration. Since you seem to be a huge advocate of safety features, the Prius is your best fit.

          1. Mikael says:

            A sh*tload more expensive? 😛 Sure… That is why Ford charges $400 for their system in Europe.
            And quite a few brands and models has it as standard.

            You can probably call your insurance company and get $50/year or so taken off from your insurance cost too 😉

            Prius? I’d prefer something green…

          2. Spec9 says:

            Adding such systems would not make the car much more expensive. A lower-performance driving mode would cost almost nothing. A radar collision avoidance system might be a few hundred.

      2. Spec9 says:

        It clearly is her fault. But we don’t eliminate seatbelts and airbags just because most accidents are someone’s fault. That’s just stupid.

        Humans will make errors and there are simple things we can do to eliminate human caused errors, it would be wise to do so.

        1. CherylG's_DirtyLittleSecret says:

          Who said anything about eliminating anything?

          1. CherylG's_DirtyLittleSecret says:

            Maybe the driver…..

          2. Spec9 says:

            You seem to advocate eliminating the chance of adding inexpensive additions that can significantly reduce accident rates and accident damage.

            It really wouldn’t be that hard to add some code that would turn off the acceleration if there is something right in front of the car.

    2. Priusmaniac says:

      Radar anti collision has his own problems like suddenly backing like crazy when passing through a forest in the autumn. It detects a falling leaf as an imminent collision. The same for flying newspapers or other things like pigeons. In more there can be cases when you actually want to get into a collision which would be prevented by the system. Think of being trapped on a railroad by a car in front of you stopping for whatever reason that leave you on the tracks. If you see the train coming you don’t want your anti collision system to avoid you pushing the car in front no matter what.

  21. qwerty says:

    You can throw all the tech you want to “Prevent” this but you CAN’T FIX STUPID!

    1. Spec9 says:

      You can’t fix stupid . . . but you can mitigate it.

      1. CherylG's_DirtyLittleSecret says:

        You 100% can……..take public transportation.

        1. Anon says:

          What a mis-informed comment. Public transportation is also, not infallible. Buses, trains and planes crash all the time!!! At least you wont go alone, when there is an accudent…

          1. CherylG's_DirtyLittleSecret says:

            lol, that wasn’t my point. My point was to get her away from driving.

    2. See Through says:

      I guess, you mean the STUPID Tesla engineers? Yes, they will keep building STUPID cars.
      Take a look at the China Tesla crash. Look really STUPID with a missing wheel.

  22. Curtis Ling says:

    at least the headline doesnt have the word tesla in it

  23. Advance Safety and Health says:

    Why do people get so defensive when someone has a comment about Tesla? That is so rude to jump on someone because they voice their opinion….

    I have read many blogs and things seem to run fluid until someone says their thoughts on Tesla….and low and behold it turns the forum upside down…..
    Advanced Safety & Health

    1. Mikael says:

      You may call it the Apple complex 😛

  24. T. Bagger says:

    If this does not PROVE that all EVs are DEATH TRAPS, I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL!!

  25. Phr3d says:

    I suggest that the entire speedo/info display of the vehicle change over to one Giant R when a driver places their vehicle into reverse. You do not need the information that it provides as you are backing out of a space and there could never be that doubt if you had selected the little D or the little R that has been the cause of so many non-Tesla, non-EV, non-Toyota accidents when drivers were in a ‘hurry’.