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TechnologyThe family of a teenager killed in a 116 mile-per-hour Tesla crash is suing the company, claiming it makes 'unreasonably dangerous' cars

11:05  10 january  2019
11:05  10 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The parents of a Florida teenager who was killed when a Tesla sedan crashed and caught fire last year are suing the electric car company alleging that “Unfortunately, no car could have withstood a high-speed crash of this kind.” The company noted that last year it introduced “Speed Limit Mode

The family of Apple engineer Walter Huang, who died in March 2018 when his Tesla Model X crashed on a California highway, is suing Tesla . Read more: The family of a teenager killed in a 116 mph Tesla crash is suing the company , alleging it makes ' unreasonably dangerous ' cars .

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They also accuse Tesla of not doing enough to prevent battery fires in its vehicles.

"The Vehicle … was defective when it left the possession of the defendant, Tesla, and was in a condition that was unreasonably dangerous to foreseeable users," the suit reads.

Edgar Monserratt and Esperanza Martinez, parents of Edgar Monserratt Martinez, say in the lawsuit filed against Tesla and employee James Constantino in Broward County, Florida, on Tuesday that the fiery crash that killed their 18-year-old son and the driver of a 2014 Tesla Model S wouldn't have happened if the governor had not been removed.

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The family of an 18-year-old boy killed in an explosive Tesla crash last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the car manufacturer and one of its Broward County employees, claiming the car was defective and a worker negligently disabled a device installed to limit the vehicle’s speed.

Federal investigators said in their preliminary report that the vehicle was traveling at 116 miles per hour (186 Km/h) around a curve in Fort Lauderdale's Seabreeze Boulevard - which has a 30 mile-per-hour (48 Km/h) limit - when the driver, 18-year-old Barrett Riley, attempted to pass another car and lost control of the vehicle.

The Tesla then careened into a brick wall twice and hit a light pole before bursting into flames, which the National Transportation Board said took 200 to 300 gallons of water and foam for the fire department to extinguish.

Monserrrat's lawsuit claims Tesla should have had better fire-prevention measures in place.

The family of a teenager killed in a 116 mile-per-hour Tesla crash is suing the company, claiming it makes 'unreasonably dangerous' cars© NTSB In an interview with Business Insider, the family's lawyer questioned why the company did not utilize a patent it was awarded in 2011 and that could have possibly reduced the fire's intensity. In lithium-ion batteries like Tesla's, a fire in one cell can quickly spread to the others in the battery pack.

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"If they had used it on this specific car," Philip Corboy, of the Chicago-based firm Corboy & Demetrio, said. "Then it would have been a fire that they could have been able to put out, or something where the passengers could have gotten out in time. But it became an inferno within seconds of when they crashed - there really was not too much the kids could do. They were stuck in an inferno."

The family of a teenager killed in a 116 mile-per-hour Tesla crash is suing the company, claiming it makes 'unreasonably dangerous' cars© Florida Sentinel

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The 2014 Tesla Model S involved in the crash has a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but batteries have been a source of headache for firefighters and other first-responders. Investigators said the battery caught fire a second time at the storage yard following the crash in May.

In December, a Model S burst into flames twice following a flat tire in Los Gatos, California. And in June, a Model S suddenly caught fire while sitting in traffic on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles.

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Eight months after a fatal crash involving a Tesla Motors car operating in a computer-assisted mode, federal auto-safety regulators said their investigation of the car found no defects It determined he set his car ’s cruise control at 74 miles per hour about two minutes before the crash , and should have

Teens Killed in Tesla Crash in Fort Lauderdale. NBC 6's Erika Glover reports on the fatal crash in which two teenagers occupying a Tesla died. The NTSB said they don't anticipate autopilot being a part of their investigation. Markham said the two boys were part of a close group of friends and loved

Still, Tesla has previously maintained that its cars catch fire far less often than traditional gasoline-powered cars.

"Our thoughts continue to be with the families affected by this tragedy," a Tesla spokesperson said in a statement.

"Unfortunately, no car could have withstood a high-speed crash of this kind. Tesla's Speed Limit Mode, which allows Tesla owners to limit their car's speed and acceleration, was introduced as an over-the-air update last year in dedication to our customer's son, Barrett Riley, who tragically passed away in the accident."

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