This time it's for uncontrollable acceleration in certain models
Tesla, which recently announced that it would take its highly anticipated Cybertruck on a tour across America, has found itself in hot water after reports of certain Tesla Model 3 cars experiencing uncontrolled acceleration. A lawsuit claiming that certain Tesla cars suffer from a possibly fatal flaw has seen the addition of nearly two dozen extra cases. The lawsuit was filed in January of 2020 by eight plaintiffs in six states and has now expanded to 23 plaintiffs in 11 states.
According to the Mercury News, owners of these cars alleged that Tesla has consciously overlooked this serious issue in order to rush the product to market. The suit claims that while this issue has been noted on Model X SUVs and the Model S sedan, the issue is now "appearing in the Model 3 as well."
"A defect causes the Model X, Model S, and Model 3 to accelerate suddenly without prompting from the driver. These vehicles are capable of full power acceleration and achieving high speeds even if no one presses the acceleration pedal." the suit states. Tesla is yet to respond to the new allegations, but has responded earlier in the year to a blog post claiming similar issues.
The company stated that "there is no 'unintended acceleration' in Tesla vehicles" and that "the car accelerates if, and only if, the driver told it to do so."
The suit includes 195 complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding the sudden acceleration issue, with the majority pertaining to the Model S Sedan, and a total of fifty-two complaints coming from Model 3 owners.
One complainant's testimony reads as follows:
"I drove my Tesla from work, driving over 35 miles during rush hour of the Bay Area. Instead of stopping, the car sped up at extremely high acceleration. It drove through the garage door, and hit a Maserati parked in the garage, and a motorcycle."
This incident involved a 2013 Model S being parked in a San Ramon driveway in 2018. A complaint lodged in December alleges that a 2018 Model 3 waiting at a red light "was propelled forward forcefully, with extreme, intense velocity."
The Tesla Model 3 has carried CEO Elon Musk's hopes of bringing EVs to the mass market, and since its launch, the California-based company has sold well over a hundred thousand units. The plaintiffs are seeking an undisclosed amount for damages incurred, as well as an order for Tesla to fix the issue. Good luck, Mr. Musk.