South Korean police file Tesla ‘faulty’ door handle case

San Francisco, July 1 (IANS): A case of a “faulty” door handle from electric vehicle company Tesla owned by Elon Musk has been dropped by South Korean police, according to media reports.

In June 2021, South Korean Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty filed a lawsuit against Musk and Tesla for allegedly violating the country’s motor vehicle management law. According to the group, the “hidden” door handles of Tesla’s electric cars are “flaws” that create difficulties for users.

“Although it was previously aware of flaws such as the Tesla Model X’s tactile approach and the Model S’s hidden pop-up method creating difficulties for safe operation, (Tesla) concealed them and did not taken no corrective action, while continuing to engage in unethical business activities, focusing only on economic profits at the expense of consumer safety and lives,” the group said.

However, the case has now been dropped, according to the report.

Following the Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty complaint, South Korean police have launched an investigation into Tesla’s gates. As noted in a report by Hani, police eventually received details of Tesla’s electric vehicles through the Ministry of Lands, Infrastructure and Transport. Information on repair requests received in connection with failed Tesla doors was also collected.

In an announcement, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s Anti-Corruption and Public Crime Investigation Team officially announced that it had made a decision on the case of the “defect” of the Tesla door. Police noted that they decided not to press charges against Tesla, Musk, Tesla Korea and Tesla’s US headquarters due to lack of evidence.

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