Tesla: the driver files a complaint against the manufacturer after a fatal accident

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The motorist had caused the fatal accident in Paris last December. In his defence, he assures us that the brake no longer works and that the accelerator is racing.

It now turns against the vehicle manufacturer. The driver at the wheel of a Tesla electric taxi which caused a fatal accident in Paris last December filed a complaint on Friday against the manufacturer Tesla France for “endangering the lives of others”, announced Sunday March 20 his lawyer, Sarah Saldmann. “My client has always maintained the same version: the brake no longer worked, the accelerator got carried away and that’s why he is filing a complaint for endangering the lives of others,” she explained to the AFP.

The complaint was filed on March 18 at the Versailles prosecutor’s office, the headquarters of Tesla France being in the Yvelines, west of Paris. A judicial investigation is already underway in Paris, an investigation in which the taxi driver was indicted for “manslaughter and involuntary injuries by land motor vehicle” and placed under judicial control. This 57-year-old man, a taxi driver for twenty-five years and residing in Essonne, was not on duty the evening of the fatal accident.

One dead and twenty injured

The driver was traveling in the 13th arrondissement of Paris in his Tesla electric car with his wife and daughters when he lost control of the vehicle. The taxi hit two pedestrians, then a glass container which, under the shock caused by the speed, was thrown in the air and exploded on the ground. The vehicle then hit a traffic light, which was also thrown into the air. Then ended his race in a van in circulation in the middle of the intersection, according to the account of a police source. The accident left one dead and twenty injured.

According to Sarah Saldmann, her client had bought his vehicle new in August 2021. The investigation in Paris aims to determine, based in particular on technical expertise, whether the accident is the result of human error or a technical failure.

In addition, Tesla had recently decided to recall 54,000 vehicles after having integrated in 2020 a program allowing its vehicles not to stop at “Stop”. The manufacturer had therefore reconsidered its decision, while

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