A lawsuit recently filed against Tesla accuses carmaker Elon Musk of negligence following the deaths of two teenagers and the third injured in a fire accident in 2017, alleging that the manufacturer installed a defective battery and removed a limiter speed installed in the car.
Barrett Riley, owner and pilot of the 2014 Tesla Model S, is 18 years old and was burned to death after an accident in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with 18-year-old passenger Edgar Monserratt Martinez. A third passenger in the back seat survived after being injured after being ejected from the vehicle.
Riley crashed against a high-speed wall, then bounced into a lamp post on the other side of the road. His car then caught fire.
Tesla is now being sued by Chicago-based law firm Corboy and Demetrio.
Last May, a Tesla driven by Barrett Riley with his passenger Edgar Monserratt Martinez crashed against a concrete wall and caught fire following the fire in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, killing both teenagers, according to the lawsuit.
Less than two months before the accident, Riley's parents had installed a speed limiter in a Tesla service center to prevent the vehicle from reaching a speed greater than 85 mph, but it was removed at a Tesla's other service visit unbeknownst to his parents, announced the law firm here.
Another leader in the lawsuit alleges that Tesla was careless in eliminating the limiter.
He added that Riley was driving the vehicle at 116 mph just before the collision.
The lawsuit was filed by a law firm representing the estate of Edgar Monserratt Martinez. The law firm claimed that at least a dozen cases had been reported according to which Tesla S batteries had caught fire in collisions and shutdown over the past five years.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a preliminary report on the accident in June 2018. It revealed that the battery of the Tesla Model S had been re-lit twice after its extinction:
The Fort Lauderdale Fire and Rescue Service went to the scene of the accident and discovered that the Tesla was completely in flames. They extinguished the vehicle fire with 200 to 300 gallons of water and foam. Small portions of the lithium-ion high-voltage battery were separated from the vehicle and – although no fire was visible – they had applied water and foam to the debris. When the car was loaded for removal from the scene, the battery was turned back on and was quickly extinguished. Upon arrival in the storage yard, the battery was turned on again. A local fire department intervened in the storage yard and extinguished the fire.
In March 2018, the NTSB opened an investigation into a fatal accident at Tesla, California, which caused a fire after the accident.
Breitbart News reported on the Tesla Model S fires in 2013 and 2014.
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