April 16, 2021 — A lawsuit has been filed by a man who claims that his 2018 Tesla Model X is prone to sudden unintended acceleration.
The lawsuit was filed by Hacene D., a man who was driving his Tesla Model X in a parking lot in Woodland, Washington. He claims that his foot was over the brake pedal as he prepared to stop and park.
Instead, his Model X experienced “sudden uncommanded full power acceleration,” according to the lawsuit. This caused his vehicle to “surge forward across the sidewalk” in front of the businesses.
He plowed through the glass windows of a Subway restaurant. No one in the restaurant was injured because he was able to steer the vehicle into a wall instead of hitting the tables and counter.
However, his wife suffered a cracked sternum and his two children in the vehicle “suffered physical injuries and emotional distress.”
Earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ended a year-long review of around 246 complaints about Teslas suddenly accelerating. The NHTSA said it did not have enough evidence to open a full investigation.
The lawsuit was filed on April 7, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington — Case Number 3:21-cv-05251.
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