Tesla has been hit with lawsuits after people died in fiery car accidents when the batteries exploded or caught on fire.
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What is the problem?
Most electric cars are powered by lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are ideal for cars and other electronic devices because they recharge quickly and pack a lot of power into a small size.
The problem is that lithium-ion batteries also contain highly-flammable chemicals. These batteries can cause dramatic explosions and deadly fires when they are damaged after car accidents.
Another problem is that Teslas have inaccessible door handles that can make it impossible for a bystander to open the door and save a person who is trapped inside the vehicle if the batteries catch on fire.
Tesla Fires vs. Traditional Car Fires
Tesla advertises that their electric cars have a 10-fold lower risk of fire than a gas-powered vehicle — but these fires are very different. When a Tesla catches on fire, it typically takes firefighters several hours to extinguish the blaze, rather than minutes for a gas-powered car.
Battery Fires After Electric Car Accidents
Fires in a Tesla’s lithium-ion batteries are very difficult to extinguish. In many cases, firefighters simply wait until the chemicals burn up rather than douse the car in thousands of gallons of water. And even when the fire seems to be out, the battery can re-ignite over 24 hours later.
Tesla Fire Kills Driver Because Doors Wouldn’t Open
In October 2019, Tesla was sued by the family of a Florida doctor who died after his Model S caught on fire after he crashed into a palm tree.
The man survived the car accident with no injuries, but a police officer was unable to pull him out of the fiery wreckage because the door handles were inaccessible.
The lawsuit claims that the Tesla Model S is a “death trap” due to the risk of battery fires after car accidents, and because there is no way to open the doors in an emergency when they are withdrawn.
The lawsuit was filed on October 10, 2019 in the Broward County Judicial Circuit Court of the State of Florida — In RE: Awan v. Tesla Inc. — Case Number 19-021110.
Parents File Lawsuit After Teens Die in Tesla Fire
In May 2018, two teenagers died when a Tesla exploded into flames after a high-speed crash. The driver was speeding at 116 mph when he lost control, veered off a wall, and crashed into a street light.
The parents of one of the teenagers filed a lawsuit against Tesla, claiming that the auto-maker was partly responsible for their deaths.
An employee of Tesla removed a device that limited the vehicle’s speed to 85 mph. Furthermore, they claim that the battery design on the 2014 Tesla Model S is “prone to extremely intense fires incapable of being extinguished” and lacked fire-retardant material.
The lawsuit was filed on January 8, 2019 in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of the State of Florida — In RE: Edgar Monserratt v. Tesla Inc et al. — Case Number CACE19000422.
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