As the world’s “leader” in electric car companies, Tesla has never been short of hot topics. But it’s not good news to put Tesla on the hot search this time. On the afternoon of September 5, a Tesla sedan crashed into several cars and pedestrians in Nando’s, Sichuan Province. Two people were killed, six were injured and several cars were damaged in the accident, according to a police alert issued by a large team of Nando traffic police.
On September 7th, Tesla officials told the Daily Economic News: “At present, the company is actively cooperating with the police investigation into the accident vehicle, the final results are still under investigation.” “
While Tesla insists the vehicle is not faulty, several Tesla owners told the Daily Economic News that their Tesla does have an “accidental acceleration” and that while there have been no serious accidents, there are significant safety risks.
Public information shows that since June this year, Tesla has three consecutive vehicle “out of control” accidents, and the focus is on “accidental acceleration” situation, whether the accident is also due to “out of control” caused, as of press time, Tesla and related departments have not yet given the final results.
Tesla denies that the vehicle is faulty.
Video from the scene circulating on the Internet showed the vehicle suspected to be a black Tesla Model X. In addition to hitting a number of pedestrians, the vehicle also damaged tricyclists, motorcycles, electric vehicles and other vehicles on both sides of the road.
Two-and-a-half hours after the accident, Tesla Motors (Beijing) Co., Ltd. certified a micro-blog called “Tesla Customer Support” issued a preliminary statement the first time, said: “Tesla attaches great importance to, has sent staff to the scene the first time to understand the case, and provide relevant support.” An analysis of the vehicle data shows that the vehicle has not malfunctioned. We will do our best to co-operate with the police investigation. “
However, media reports said the statement had since been deleted by Tesla. To that end, on September 7th Tesla issued another statement saying that it had never deleted the incident response statement and had been actively cooperating with the investigation and that it was not currently convenient to release additional information to protect the privacy of customers and those involved.
In the face of speculation about the cause of the accident, Tesla’s vice president of foreign affairs, Tao Lin, said in his personal microblog on the afternoon of September 7: “I implore netizens to join us in maintaining a good public opinion environment and not spreading customer privacy and other unconfirmed information and speculation.” Once the accident investigation is clear, we will announce it to the public as soon as possible with the consent of all parties. “
“Out of control” situations are frequent.
Although the cause of the accident in Nanding, Sichuan Province, has not yet been determined, but reporters found that recently, similar vehicles “out of control” traffic accidents in Tesla products frequently staged.
On August 12, a Tesla Model 3 crashed into an interceptor pole in a parking lot in a small area of Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province. The owner’s circle of friends said the vehicle suddenly accelerated and the brakes failed, causing the accident. On August 9, a Tesla Model 3 in Shanghai suddenly lost control and crashed into a gas station in Yangying, Shanghai. In addition to crashing into facilities such as anti-collision poles, the accident also damaged three motor vehicles in the station, injuring a staff member and a car owner. As for the cause of the accident, the Tesla owner described that at the time of the accident, he was driving west to east along Yang’s line of thought, in order to prevent impact on the front of the earthmmous vehicle, its attempt to hit the greening brought forced deceleration, but the vehicle lost control and crashed straight into the gas station.
The “out-of-control” crash and fire of Tesla vehicles in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, is the first traffic accident in China this year caused by “out-of-control” Tesla vehicles. On June 16, a Tesla Model 3 in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, suddenly increased its speed from 50 to 60km/h to 127km/ automatically, and the brakes failed, the vehicle lost control about 8 kilometers, and finally hit the mound overturned and caught fire. Tesla did not acknowledge the owner’s description of the accident as a result of the vehicle’s “out-of-control” and brake failure.
Tesla provided jiangxi Nanchang out-of-control accident owners with a “commissioned repair contract” shows that the background to transfer vehicle driving data and site survey situation, the system detected a few minutes before the accident and collision, there is a signal to press the accelerator pedal, no brake pedal signal;
Tesla’s findings have also raised questions. “I really don’t believe that the old driver braked the accelerator, especially in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, where the owner ran 8km/h at 127km/h and hit the mound to save himself.” Liu Yi (a model) owner of Tesla’s domestic Model 3 told reporters that this shows that the owner is sober and should not make such a mistake.
Another Tesla car advocate, Wei (ad.), said two owners in the “out-of-control” accident were more than a decade old and had a very low probability of a series of errors.
In fact, it’s not just the owners who are experiencing Tesla’s “out-of-control” situation. Wang Wei (a female Tesla owner) also told reporters about her experience of a Tesla vehicle suddenly losing control while waiting for a green light at a junction. “The vehicle suddenly accelerated forward and nearly tailed. The brake failure is terrible. Wang told reporters that she was very scared every time she thought about the experience.
Talking about the “out of control” of the vehicle, a Tesla Model S owner from Shanghai, Daming (a by his real name), told the Daily Economic News that every time he drives, he worries about whether the next moment the vehicle will suddenly “get out of control” or brake failure. In the event of a vehicle “out of control” at high speed, it is destructive and the consequences are serious.
In fact, Daming has also encountered two Tesla vehicles suddenly “out of control” situation. “One time it happened at the end of 2018, when I was hanging up the reverse gear (R) in an open-air parking lot in a commercial area, but in the process of reversing, the vehicle suddenly moved forward, but thankfully it wasn’t moving very fast and was able to brake in time.” Daming told reporters that the most recent vehicle out of control occurred in July this year, but also in the process of reversing, the vehicle suddenly forward. “Both experiences made me feel scared, and if I suddenly sprang out at high speed, the consequences would be unimaginable.” Daming said.
It is worth noting that after a sudden “out of control” situation, Daming had driven to the Tesla after-sales service store for maintenance, when the store staff said that background monitoring data showed that the vehicle data at that time all normal.
So far, there is no official conclusion as to the cause of the “out-of-control” accidents involving Tesla vehicles. The Tesla official told reporters that Tesla has been actively cooperating with the police investigation, the final results are still to be released by the police, the specific time to the official release.
Lawyer: Identification is given to a third party.
In fact, Tesla doesn’t recognize what it calls the “out-of-control” of the vehicle. In January, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received a petition containing 127 complaints of “accidental acceleration” of Tesla vehicles, involving 123 vehicles and 110 crashes, and 52 injuries. Tesla’s “accidental acceleration” vehicles involve Tesla cars manufactured between 2013 and 2019, including model 3, Model S and Model X models.
In response to the complaint, Tesla issued a public statement saying: “The question about vehicle safety concerns is that short-makers are smearing Tesla, and there is no ‘accidental acceleration’ in Tesla vehicles.” “
In the “out-of-control” accident in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, Tesla staff in an interview with reporters also said that Tesla vehicles “accidental acceleration” brake failure is very small, almost impossible.
A senior industry technician told reporters that the vehicle out of control, brake “failure” phenomenon at the same time appear on the vehicle is very small. However, if a similar situation occurs, the relevant technical engineers will be difficult to test during the vehicle road test.
Du Manqing, a lawyer at Guangdong Jinqiao Baixin Law Firm, believes that the best way for owners of “out-of-control” accidents is to ask a third party to identify them, and not to let Tesla unilaterally pull the accident vehicle to identify them.
In response to Tesla’s denial of “accidental acceleration,” many car owners are starting to “open their brains.” Some car owners recommend installing a recorder under the vehicle’s steering wheel to record the owner’s movements in controlling the accelerator and brakes. “Installing a camera in the car can record everything you’re doing, and in case there’s a real problem, there’s evidence against Tesla.” Wang Wei (analytly named) believes that if the video can be compared with Tesla data, Tesla’s claim that the owner misalmed the accelerator as a brake will not break.
While some owners are trying to cope, others are already moving the idea of selling cars. “It’s our biggest helplessness right now to worry and sell pain.” Tesla Model 3 owner Liu Yang (ad.) said.