Model S owner reports unintended acceleration; Tesla claims pedal error
Another Model S owner has blamed an accident on an alleged defect, however Tesla Motors has quickly disputed the claim.
The Florida accident, reported by Electrek, occurred last month when the driver attempted to park in front of a gym. Surveillance footage shows the Model S slowly turning into a spot, then quickly accelerating over the curb and smashing through a glass window and door.
“The car violently exploded into full acceleration and could have easily killed people in the gym,” the driver’s husband allegedly wrote on Tesla’s forums. “I am amazed and wildly disappointed by the way Tesla has handled this … of course, they immediately blamed it on the driver … ”
In a follow-up statement, Tesla bluntly claimed its cars do not accelerate without instruction from the driver.
“In every situation where we have received a customer claim about this, the vehicle’s diagnostic logs have confirmed that the acceleration was the result of the driver pressing the accelerator pedal,” a spokesperson said.
Toyota‘s unintended-acceleration recall crisis demonstrates that such defects are possible, however the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last year suggested driver error — accidentally depressing the accelerator instead of the brake pedal — is responsible for an estimated 16,000 preventable accidents in the US each year.