Actor Sues Tesla After Defect Causes Serious Car AccidentJuly 24, 2019
The day after purchasing a new Tesla Model 3, Mena Massoud, the star of Disney’s live action “Aladdin,” was involved in a serious car accident. The actor was changing lanes on Hollywood Boulevard when the vehicle’s front wheel came off, causing the car to spin out of control and hit a tree. The insurance company found that Tesla was responsible for the accident. In a lawsuit filed against Tesla, Massoud claimed negligence, breach of warranty, and other allegations. According to documents obtained from Tesla, the Model S and X had suspension problems for years, but the company has never issued a recall.
Tesla’s suspension issue has plagued Tesla for years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had numerous anonymous complaints left on their website about the suspension issue. While the car company has issued several technical service bulletins (TSBs), which alert mechanics about the potential suspension problems with the Model S and X, they have never taken steps to issue a recall. In one of their TSBs, the company warned that the manufacturers may have used front suspension fore links that did not meet the appropriate strength specification. They went on to say that if there was a link failure, the driver would still be able to maintain control of the car, even if the tire met the wheel arch liner.
When a Recall Should Be Issued
According to a safety official from the Center for Auto Safety, a company should issue a recall for the following circumstances:
- The vehicle is in violation of a federal motor safety standard
- The vehicle has a significant defect
Unfortunately, Tesla is not doing this, either because they do not believe that the problems are serious safety issues or they do not want to do anything that would impact share price, said the safety official. The company uses TSBs, which are not the same as product recalls. In fact, they have issued multiple TSBs on Models S vehicles made in 2012, 2013, and 2014, which described various suspension issues. For example, in a TSB that was issued for the 2012 and 2013 Model S cars, Tesla described an issue with the front lower control arm ball joint that could cause faster wear and require premature replacements of parts. What safety advocates want is more transparency. Specifically, they want automakers to take safety critical issues more seriously and report defects to the NHTSA.
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