Tesla sued over claims of suspension failure in 90mph crash that killed two people

The family of a 20-year old Florida man who died in a fiery crash last September is suing Tesla over claims the suspension in his Model 3 failed, causing it to lose control and crash into a tree.

The accident happened in Coral Gables, Florida, and it was all caught on the dashcam of a nearby vehicle.

According an initial investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released in November, the Model 3 driven by 19-year old Nicholas G. Garcia was travelling at 90mph (145km/h) in order to beat a stale yellow light.

The dashcam video shows that a large hump in the intersection caused the Model 3 to go airborne. Upon landing, the driver lost control, then hit two trees before bursting into flames, resulting in the death of Garcia and his 19-year old passenger, Jazmin G. Alcala.

The lawsuit states that just four days before the crash, Garcia took the Model 3 to a Service Center because of a wide range of problems, including “controllability/steering, suspension, battery and electronic system, and an ability to open the doors.”

A manager “negligently” inspected the vehicle, claims the lawsuit, which is seeking $30,000 each from Tesla and the service manager.

You can watch the dashcam footage of the accident below.

Source: Reuters

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