A fatal Tesla Model Y crash in China, which tragically killed two and left three injured, is being investigated after reported issues with the car. Tesla China has given its viewpoint on the tragic incident which occurred in Chaozhou, Guangdong in the south of China.
The awful moment was caught on camera where the Model Y was seen speeding out of control for roughly two kilometers before it crashed. No brake lights can be seen in the video, however, one of the driver’s family members explained to local Chinese media that the Model Ys brake pedal was not working throughout the incident. They also explained that the driver tried to take the car out of Drive and into Park on multiple occasions but nothing changed.
Tesla China has spoken about the incident, denying the claims that the brakes were not responsive and detailing the data that was retrieved from the car. The EV maker claims that the data showed that the accelerate pedal was pushed down for along time and at one moment reached 100%, they also claim the data shows that the brake pedal was not pressed during the incident. They were able to confirm though that the driver did attempt to put the car into Park four times. In order for the Park button to stop the car whilst it is in motion, the Park button has to be pressed for a certain amount of time.
According to local reports, traffic officers have confirmed that the driver was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, after carrying out necessary tests. Local police are now bringing on a third-party agency to investigate the Model Y to give more details on the horrific incident. Tesla China, who have received backlash on social media about it, will be providing any information they have to the investigators for further analysis.
Unfortunately for the EV maker, they have received similar accusations before regarding brake failures in China. There were many moments last year that were shared online of users claiming to have brake failure, although the media outlets that wrote about and helped spread those rumours went on to issue public apologies, so there does not seem to be any evidence to back those claims up.