Nine lives were not enough.
Electric vehicles have had their fair share of teething problems, and some still persist, such as the Tesla Model S's threat of spontaneous combustion, but many are flocking to these cars for their economy, performance, and for sheer social media clout. A complaint that has been heard numerous times and one which has seen some attention from lawmakers is the fact that the sheer silence of these cars when operational could endanger the lives of humans and animals. This issue has once again come to the fore after Jamie Lynn Spears, the younger sister of Britney Spears, blamed Elon Musk and Tesla for the death of her cats, which she says was caused by the animals not being able to hear her Tesla cars when arriving and leaving home.
In an Instagram video that has since been deleted, the star claimed that Tesla vehicles are a danger to man and animal and that the company needs to seriously rethink its product. The celebrity claimed to have lost numerous cars to her personal car: "We have now lost-I don't want to tell you how many cats-because they don't hear the Tesla crank, and unfortunate things happen, and it's really devastating and tragic for everyone involved," she said.
Spears called her Tesla 'secret cat killer'. Spears claims that the lack of any sort of cranking sound upon startup leads to innocent cats not moving away from the car, which in turn leads to a gory conclusion.
Spears urged Elon Musk to work with her to figure out this issue. According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, electric cars have been required (since September 2020) to emit sounds of at least 43 decibels, which is about as loud as a quiet library when traveling at speeds less than 18.6 miles per hour. Spears has since stated that she has not personally run over any of her cats, and admits that user error could have played a part. She also said that Tesla was not to blame. Elon Musk, currently hard at work solving world problems and enjoying being the richest man on earth, failed to respond to Spear's remarks.