Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) was recently in the line of fire of a South Korean celebrity who claimed that his Model X accelerated automatically in his garage and ended up crashing in his living room. According to a report by Electrek, the Model X owner has said that he wants US automobile authorities to pressurize Tesla into recalling its SUV.
In an interview by Son Ji-chang and his attorney to The Investor, the actor and singer said that he is confident that he will win the case against Tesla Motors. Attorney Richard McCune stated in the interview that they want to get this problem fixed and that is their objective. The problem can either be fixed through a lawsuit or by the government.
McCune said that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should be opening up an investigation into Tesla’s Model X. He believes that it needs to be determined why the car automatically accelerated in the garage as there is a sudden acceleration problem in this model. According to McCune, an investigation into the matter is the first step towards recall.
It is highly unlikely that Model X SUV will be recalled by the authorities as there were no major accidents of the car. Toyota Motors has gone through a similar process in which the company had to recall its vehicles due to sudden acceleration. But in that case, the cars were traveling at high speed and thus accelerating suddenly at that point could be termed as dangerous.
The situation that Tesla Motors is in is completely different from Toyota. All the complaints that the company has received about sudden acceleration has been in the parking lots or garages when the car was about to come to a stop. Tesla has already denied the allegations of the South Korean singer saying that the car logs show that he pressed the accelerator pedal rather than the brake pedal.
Tesla has all the evidence to back up its claim, and there should not be any problem for the company to give out its log to third parties to get them checked. In June last year, a Model X owner also complained of sudden acceleration however the records stated that the driver had pressed the accelerator pedal rather than the brake pedal to bring the car to a complete stop.