Driver blames the car, Tesla blames the driver

Another day, another crash involving a Tesla Model S. This latest episode took place in late August in Lighthouse Point, Florida where a Model S abruptly accelerated as it was parking, causing it smash through a front window of a local gym. Fortunately, the nobody was injured from the crash, which the driver blames on the car accelerating by itself. Tesla has since reviewed the vehicle’s logs remotely and to no one’s surprise, it placed the blame on the driver accidentally pressing the gas pedal.

The accident is similar to a previous incident that occurred in California back. In that case, the driver also claimed that his Model X accelerated by itself, causing it to crash into a building. Tesla also blamed that crash to driver error after also reviewing the Model X’s vehicle logs.

The incident in Florida is the latest in a string of high profile crashes involving Tesla vehicles. A surveillance video from inside the gym captured the horrific accident. Halfway through the two-minute the video, the Model S appears in the video where it’s about to reverse into an available parking slot. Then in an instant, it accelerates straight into the front glass window of the gym, resulting in heavy damages to both the car and the property.

What’s worth noting is that had the accident occurred 40 seconds earlier, it could have taken a woman who looked to either be an employee of the gym or its actual owner. That’s about the only silver lining that happened in this crash and it’s going to be interesting how this incident is resolved.

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It’s becoming harder to tell who is telling the truth and who isn’t

For the record, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there are approximately 16,000 crashes occurring each year in the U.S. due to drivers mistaking the accelerator for the brake pedal. I’m not saying that the driver of the Model S is to blame here, but an incident like this is far from a rare occurrence in the U.S.

That said, the more these crashes keep happening, the harder it is to believe who is at fault. It’s possible that the driver did accidentally press the gas pedal but I also think that Tesla should do more in investigating these crashes than simply detailing what the vehicle logs showed and revealing that it’s always the driver’s fault.

At some point, I think it would be better if Tesla becomes more proactive in investigating these crashes. At the very least, it can release a more detailed explanation on what exactly happened instead of relying completely on data logs that may or may not even be all that accurate in the first place.

The more these crashes happen, the more skeptical I think people will be of Tesla’s reliability. Tesla needs to do something about that, even if these crashes were caused by human error, all because public perception of certain issues these days can turn just as quickly from one side to another.

Read our full review on the Tesla Model S here.

Source: Electrek

Kirby Garlitos
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