TESLA has stated that it will assist in a police investigation into a tragic crash involving a Model Y sports utility vehicle in China earlier this month while claiming that the incident was not caused by a malfunction.
The data from the car indicated no evidence of the brake pedal being pressed before the incident, and footage showed the brake lights remained turned off, according to the electric car maker.
Instead, the accelerator was pressed firmly in the moments leading up to the tragedy, which killed a motorcyclist and a high-school student on a bicycle. Tesla has stated that it will “actively provide all required assistance” to the local police investigation, which may entail a third-party investigator.
Three individuals were injured in the accident on November 5 in Chaozhou, Guangdong province, including the driver. A video spread on Chinese social media of a white Model Y speeding before collapsing.
As the video begins, the car is shown slowly driving into a roadside parking area before accelerating back into the road and reaching its “maximum speed,” according to the caption.
The automobile is then seen rushing through the streets and nearly colliding with a bicyclist. It does not stop and continues on the path, veering dangerously many times and colliding with two motorcyclists.
It ultimately comes to a halt after slamming into a structure, as seen in the terrifying footage.
According to Global Times, the authorities only published the driver’s surname – Zhan – and stated that an investigation is underway. Tesla has been notified of the problem by the driver’s relatives. They said that Mr. Zhan, 55, was about to pull over in front of his family store when he noticed a problem with the brake pedal.
Zhan was not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the police.
“Police are presently seeking a third party assessment agency to determine the truth behind this accident, and we will aggressively provide any necessary support,” Elon Musk’s electric vehicle company said in a message to news agency Reuters, cautioning against trusting “rumors.”
According to Reuters, the video indicates the car’s brake lights were not on when it was speeding and there was no attempt to apply the brakes during the ride.
“A family member of the driver,” a verified Weibo user, reported the driver lost control during the last 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles) and that, despite his attempts to apply the brakes, the disaster was caused by a technical malfunction.
While hundreds of people are killed on China’s roads every day, collisions involving Teslas pique popular curiosity, with the video swiftly going viral on social media.
In a protest that drew international notice, a Model 3 owner clambered onto a showcase vehicle at last year’s Shanghai auto show and cried that her Tesla brakes failed, nearly killing her. After receiving a red carpet welcome in China, the US automaker finally issued a public apology after facing criticism from local authorities and state-run media, without admitting any problem with the vehicle.
Tesla has disputed that a defect was to cause of the fatal crash. The US carmaker stated on Sunday that it will assist Chinese police in their investigation of the disaster, but that it was not caused by a defect. According to a Bloomberg story, the business stated that data from the car showed no evidence of the brake pedal being pressed before the incident. According to the video, the brake lights remained turned off.
According to the statement, Tesla would “actively provide all required assistance” to the local police investigation, which may involve a third-party investigator.
The Raoping County public security agency did not return phone calls from Lifestyle UG.