Over the past few years, the safety of electric vehicles has been called into question, although many people claim that this type of transport is superior to classic cars with internal combustion engines. New information from China sheds light on the recent accident involving the Tesla Model 3, which once again makes us think about the safety of such cars.
In 2019, the Tesla Model 3 received the Top Safety Pick + award from the Road Safety Insurance Institute, having passed all six IIHS crash tests with excellent performance. However, an accident involving this vehicle occurred in Jiangxi, China, which casts doubt on its safety. According to eyewitnesses, the car began to accelerate rapidly, gaining a speed of 127 km / h. All attempts by the driver to reduce speed were unsuccessful, the brakes did not work. After that, the car crashed and caught fire. The fire started from the engine compartment, and then spread to the rear of the car. A column of thick black smoke rose into the sky.
A few days ago, Tesla provided an official comment on the incident. The company said that during the investigation, which has already begun, all the data collected by the car will be analyzed to determine the cause of the accident. The failure is probably due to the autopilot system, which caused problems for many owners of this car.
Recall that in December last year, there were three accidents involving Tesla cars caused by malfunctions of the autopilot system. Two of them resulted in human casualties. Another high-profile accident caused by autopilot occurred in 2016 in Florida. Then the driver died.
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