An accident that killed two and injured six people last September in China put Tesla in the spotlight. This has sparked a wave of unfounded concerns about the safety of the manufacturer's vehicles. Now it has become reliably known that the Tesla car did not have a safety threat, and the driver is fully responsible for the accident.
On September 5, 2020, a black Tesla car driven by a 52-year-old woman hit several people on a street in Nanchong, Sichuan province. As a result, two people were killed, six were injured and several other vehicles were damaged. The accident has raised unfounded concerns among netizens and experts about the safety measures of the American brand of electric vehicles.
Many major media outlets have inflated this story, citing their personal doubts about the safety of Tesla vehicles in their articles, thereby negatively influencing the opinion of readers about the brand. Their articles included stories told by some Tesla drivers who blamed their vehicles for the crashes. As a result, their accusations have already been denied, but none of the media has yet apologized to Tesla for the harm caused to the manufacturer.
Now the tragic story that took place in September 2020 has also received an official conclusion. On November 22, 2021, the woman who drove the Tesla was charged with a traffic accident by the local prosecutor's office. According to the indictment, the woman was driving in shoes with a heel height of 5 cm. All systems of the car fully met the requirements and no security threats were found in the vehicle prior to the accident. During the accident, the car accelerated due to the fact that the accelerator pedal was stepped on, while the brake pedal was not applied.
The Nanchong City Procuratorate concluded the 52-year-old woman violated traffic and transport rules while driving, resulting in two deaths and six injuries. Now she must be prosecuted for the crime.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.