Tesla Model S
Since hitting the market in 2012, Tesla’s luxury sedan Model S has established itself as one of the bestselling electric cars in the world. It has topped 140,000 sales in the U.S. and 200,000 worldwide, despite a hefty $70-100k price tag. In 2015 and 2016, it was the world’s top-selling plug-in electric car; in 2017 and 2018, it was second best. In 2019, Motor Trend named the 2013 Model S its Ultimate Car of the Year winner over the magazine’s 80-year history.
With all the sales and accolades, though, the Model S has also sparked controversy and concern. The Model S, like other Teslas, is outfitted with Autopilot self-driving software. Vehicles such as these have been involved in a lot of scary crashes over the years, leading some to question the efficacy and safety of Autopilot.
Tesla Model S Recalls
Though it’s less than ten years old, the Model S has already been subject to several recalls affecting the bulk of these models. Here are a few of the more notable recalls:
- In March 2018, Tesla recalled 123,000 Model S cars because of “excessive corrosion” of the power steering bolt, which could lead to loss of power steering. The company’s shares plunged as a result.
- In April 2017, Tesla recalled 53,000 Model X and Model S cars because of faulty parking brakes. This recall affected over half the Model X and Model S vehicles sold in 2016.
- In January 2017, Tesla recalled all 2012 Model S vehicles because their airbag inflators could rupture in the event of a crash.
These recalls and others are sure to give pause to consumers considering buying a Model S.
Tesla Model S Accidents
The Model S has been involved in several serious crashes in which Autopilot may or may not have played a role:
- On January 18, 2020, in Pleasanton, California, a Model S jumped a curb, smashed into a brick wall, and caught fire, killing the driver.
- On December 29, 2019, in Gardena, California, a Model S ran a red light, crashed into a Honda Civic, and killed two people.
- In October 2018, a Florida man’s Model S failed to detect a disabled car on the side of the highway, ramming into it at 80 miles per hour. The driver, Shawn Hudson, suffered devastating injuries as a result. Morgan & Morgan filed a lawsuit against Tesla seeking damages for the injuries sustained by Hudson.
Tesla Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one was injured in a Tesla Model S crash, you could be owed money for medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Morgan & Morgan has over 560 attorneys with the experience, expertise, and resources to take on big companies like Tesla. We only fight For The People, not the powerful, and we have recovered more than $9 billion for our clients. Best of all, it costs nothing upfront to get started, and hiring us is always free unless you win.
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