Tesla Claims To Support The Police Investigation Into A Fatal Crash In China

BEIJING: After local media reported that two people were killed and three were hurt when the driver lost control of the vehicle, Tesla said on Sunday that it will support Chinese police as they look into an incident involving one of its Model Y vehicles.

A high school student and a motorcyclist were murdered in the event on November 5 in the southern province of Guangdong, according to Jimu News, which posted a video of a car speeding into other cars and a bike.

Elon Musk’s electric vehicle manufacturer warned against believing “rumours” in a message to Reuters on Sunday. “Police are currently seeking a third party appraisal agency to identify the truth behind this accident, and we will actively provide any necessary assistance,” the message from Elon Musk’s electric vehicle maker read.

The incident was one of the top trending topics on the Weibo social media network on Sunday, and China is Tesla’s second-largest market.

According to traffic police and an unknown relative of the driver, the 55-year-old had problems with the brake pedal as he prepared to pull over in front of his family’s store, but the cause of the incident in Chaozhou city has not been determined, according to Jimu News.

Tesla claimed that videos showed the car’s brake lights not being on while it was moving at a high rate of speed, and that its data revealed problems such a lack of action to apply the brakes at any point during the ride.

In the county where the accident occurred, Raoping, calls to the police were unanswered on Sunday.

Brake failure concerns against Tesla have previously surfaced in China.

According to the company’s statement to Reuters, a Chinese car owner was ordered by a court to publicly apologise and pay the company after it determined that comments he had made to the media concerning problems with his brakes were false and had damaged Tesla’s brand.

Tesla’s claim could not immediately be confirmed by Reuters.

At the Shanghai auto show last year, a disgruntled customer scaled the roof of a Tesla to express her displeasure with the way the firm handled her concerns about defective brakes that led to a car accident. The incident generated considerable social media buzz.

In that case, Tesla claimed that speeding offences were to blame for her accident but made a commitment to enhance its customer service.






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