Another Tesla, another crash. And that means more blame game as well. Another Tesla owner has crashed his Model X and yet again the owner is blaming the car and the company for the accident. The Tesla owner who goes by the name Puzant Ozbag on Tesla Motors Forum had received his shiny new all-electric Tesla Model X SUV just five days before the crash. Describing the day of the accident, Ozbag wrote on Tesla owners’ online forum that his 5-day old white Tesla suddenly and unexpectedly accelerated at high speed on its own while entering a parking stall and crashed into a building. He further wrote,
“The airbags deployed and my wife’s arms have burn marks as a consequence. This could have easily been a fatal accident if the car’s wheels were not turned slightly to the left. If they were straight, it would have gone over the planters and crashed into the store in front of the parking stall and injured or killed the patrons.”
But people on the forums were not buying what Puzant Ozbag had said about the collision. Many believe that the owner made a mistake and ended up crashing his Tesla and is now blaming the company is some effort to save face. And now it looks like, Tesla has the same thing to say. The electric auto company released the following statement after it investigated the crashed vehicle,
“We analyzed the vehicle logs which confirm that this Model X was operating correctly under manual control and was never in Autopilot or cruise control at the time of the incident or in the minutes before. Data shows that the vehicle was traveling at six mph when the accelerator pedal was abruptly increased to 100%. Consistent with the driver’s actions, the vehicle applied torque and accelerated as instructed. Safety is the top priority at Tesla, and we engineer and build our cars with this foremost in mind. We are pleased that the driver is ok and ask our customers to exercise safe behavior when using our vehicles.”
The thing is, Tesla has worked really hard to make these cars. And no way are they going to let people tarnish the name of the company because of their stupidity. Tesla knows very well what you are up to and how you drive your car. So there is no point in lying about the accidents, and covering up your mistakes.
Photos by Puzant Ozbag