Owner claims that Tesla's faulty brakes nearly killed four of her family members.
It's been a tense couple of months for EV automaker Tesla in China, despite healthy sales of vehicles like the Model Y crossover in that country. Earlier this year, several quality issues were raised in that country, with reports of Teslas experiencing various issues such as faulty software upgrades, fires related to batteries, and even irregularities with acceleration. The latest debacle won't make Tesla feel any better. At this week's Auto Shanghai event, a protester was filmed climbing onto the roof of a Model 3 and hurling allegations at the company.
Several videos were captured of the woman, who was surrounded by a crowd at the time. According to Bloomberg, she was wearing a T-shirt with writing on it that translated to "Tesla brake lost control." She yelled the same thing during her protest.
Apparently, the woman was traveling in a Tesla Model 3 when she alleges that the brakes failed, resulting in four of her family members nearly being killed in the crash that followed. When security guards used umbrellas in a futile attempt to block the woman's message from being seen, it did little to diffuse the situation. Eventually, security had to remove the woman from the Tesla booth.
Tesla's response to the alleged braking issue is that vehicle data indicated that the car was going 75 mph at the time of the crash and that its various emergency warning and braking systems operated as they should have. Of course, that response would be of little comfort to someone who may have had a life-threatening experience in a severe crash.
Either way, Tesla won't be happy about the negative publicity. Although Tesla's safety systems have proven to be effective in the past, it seems like there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the cars' technologies at the moment and a scene like this at such a prominent event is unlikely to change that.