Tesla sued for alleged suspension failure in fatal Florida crash

Tesla Inc. TSLA.O was sued for an alleged suspension failure in a crash that killed the driver and a passenger in Florida last year and prompted a federal investigation.

The 2021 Model 3 vehicle had a “faulty and unreasonably dangerous suspension that can cause loss of control under normal and foreseeable driving conditions,” according to the lawsuit filed by the driver’s family in Florida. state court last week. the the case was first reported by the legal information site Plainsite.

The lawsuit said that four days before the September accident, the driver, Nicholas G. Garcia, took the vehicle to a Tesla store because of “control/steering, suspension, battery and electronics, and an ability to open doors. .”

The lawsuit accused a Tesla service manager of “negligently” inspecting the affected model.

National transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the accident, said in a preliminary report in November that car has been speeding before the accidenting into two trees and contagious Fire.

Garcia, 20, and front passenger Jazmin Alcala, 19, suffered injuries and “fatal traumatic burns,” according to a Coral Gables police department. report.

The lawsuit aims damages over $30,000 each from Tesla and the service manager.

Tesla was not immediately available for comment.

the Vehicles the underbody hit the pavement after Go on a “bump” in the center of a crossroadsaccording to police report seen by Reuters. The driver lost control and left the road before the collision.

In October, Tesla recalled nearly 3,000 2020-2021 Model Y and 2019-2021 Model 3 vehicles in the United States for a suspension issue. Tesla recalled 21,599 Chinese-made Model Ys in December, saying a suspension link could fall off the steering knuckle under extreme stress conditions.

In 2020, the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigated approximately 115,000 Model S and Model X vehicles for a front suspension safety issue.

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