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Tesla and its self-driving car dangers

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2022 | Product Liability |

Tesla stands as a top name in the world of electric vehicles. While electric models represent a new frontier of car manufacturing, these vehicles can’t escape traditional concerns about liability. Florida car shoppers may worry about reports that Tesla vehicles might suffer from autopilot problems, and these software bugs could cause crashes. The vehicle’s potential defects could put many people at risk when these cars take to the road.

An alarming point about Tesla and emergency vehicles

When a Tesla Model 3 crashed into a stopped firetruck on Indiana’s Interstate 70, a woman lost her life. The woman’s husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit, and the legal brief claims Tesla knew about problems with self-driving car programming and its inability to recognize emergency vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s research points to 11 incidents where Tesla software did not work as intended when vehicles neared emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights. Flawed software updates present dangerous risks, considering the importance of slowing or stopping in such situations.

The government agency posed questions to Tesla about why it did not recall its troubled self-driving vehicles. The NHTSA’s concerns may become a contentious point during resulting lawsuits.

Car manufacturers and product defects

Of course, Tesla is not the only car manufacturer in history to face product liability claims. Even a brief review of past legal actions may uncover manufacturers found liable for egregiously negligent conduct. Ultimately, any company that releases a dangerous vehicle to the market may face legal consequences.

Manufacturers have a duty to provide consumers with safe products. Those who don’t could be liable for injuries. Lawsuits and insurance settlements may provide adequate compensation for victims.


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