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Tesla to Cough Up $105K in Teen's Fatal Crash

Carmaker found 1% liable after deactivating speed limiter

(Newser) - Tesla was negligent in deactivating a speed limiter on a Model S driven by an 18-year-old who crashed in 2018, killing himself and a passenger, though the driver and his father were 99% at fault, a Florida jury has found. According to a National Transportation Safety Board report, Barrett Riley...

Tesla 'Spontaneously Caught Fire,' Kept Igniting

Electric vehicle had been damaged in a crash weeks before

(Newser) - A Tesla Model S had been sitting in a scrapyard for three weeks following a collision when it spontaneously burst into flames this month, then kept re-igniting, transforming into "a heap of melted and burned metal," per the Washington Post . The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District described how the...

Fixing His Tesla Would Cost $22K. So He Blew It Up
Told His Tesla Needed a $22K
Battery, He Blew It Up Instead
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Told His Tesla Needed a $22K Battery, He Blew It Up Instead

Finnish man Tuomas Katainen teamed up with a YouTuber to get the job done

(Newser) - The first 932 miles were good miles for a Finnish man and the used 2013 Tesla Model S he bought. That's when a series of error codes began popping up, which led Tuomas Katainen to take the car to a Tesla dealer for repairs. The news he got was...

Tesla Removes Steering Wheel, a Slippery Change

Consumer Reports' testers struggle with new yoke in Model S

(Newser) - Drivers might soon feel more than ever that they're sitting in a cockpit instead of a car. The steering device in Tesla's Model S and Model X SUV looks more like an airplane's yoke than a car's usual steering wheel. Drivers keep their hands on something...

There Was Something Different About This Fatal Tesla Crash

The driver wasn't the one killed, and could recount what happened while on Autopilot

(Newser) - "Please tell me no. Please tell me no." So a police video recorded George Brian McGee as saying the night of April 25, 2019. He had slammed into a parked Chevy Tahoe, and a first responder noticed a woman's sandal under the car, spurring McGhee's response....

Tesla's New Car Is Making Headlines, but Not in Good Way

Pennsylvania driver narrowly escaped his Model S Plaid after it burst into flames, lawyers say

(Newser) - A driver's brand-new six-figure Tesla gave him quite the scare this week in Pennsylvania, and his lawyers say he's lucky to be alive. Mark Geragos and Jason Setchen, attorneys said to be representing the owner of the vehicle, a Tesla Model S Plaid, tell the Washington Post their...

'No One Was in the Driver Seat' When Tesla Fatally Crashed

2 Texas men, ages 59 and 69, are dead

(Newser) - Two Texas men are dead after a Tesla Model S crashed late Saturday, apparently while in autopilot mode. "No one was driving" when the car hit a tree in Spring around 11:25pm, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman tells Click2Houston . The brother-in-law of one man says the...

The Car Was Going 93mph. The Driver Was Taking a Nap

Canadian officers say they found both front seats reclined, car apparently on Autopilot

(Newser) - Police in Canada say a man has been charged over a July incident in which he was allegedly snoozing away as his apparently self-driving car traveled more than 93mph. Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were alerted around 4pm on July 9 to a Tesla Model S speeding down the highway...

Feds Investigating Fatal Tesla Crash
Tesla Crash Kills 2

Tesla Crash Kills 2

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating

(Newser) - A Tesla crash killed two people in the wee hours of Sunday in a Los Angeles suburb, and now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating. The Tesla Model S was speeding, ran a red light, and hit a Honda Civic at the Gardena intersection, killing a man and...

Suit: Man Died in 'Death Trap' Tesla Due to Door Malfunction

Omar Awan burned in Model S crash after rescuers couldn't get to him: complaint

(Newser) - A 48-year-old anesthesiologist died an unnecessary death earlier this year in a fiery Tesla crash, according to a new lawsuit that claims the car's design was what ended up killing him. Dr. Omar Awan was burned "beyond recognition" after his Model S veered off the road and crashed...

This Tesla Is About to Explode. The Carmaker Is Investigating

Tesla sends team to Shanghai to look into video showing car allegedly exploding in parking lot

(Newser) - Teslas catching fire have made recent headlines , but one supposed incident has now been caught on video, and the automaker is investigating. Reuters reports the company has sent a team to China to check out an explosion that allegedly took place in a Shanghai parking garage, an incident seen in...

After Fiery Fatal Crash, Tesla Battery Kept Igniting

One dead after high-speed Model S collision outside Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

(Newser) - The driver of a Tesla Model S was killed when his car crashed near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and erupted in flames. Witnesses told police in Davie that the car was traveling 75mph to 90mph Sunday afternoon when it left the road for an unknown reason, per the AP . The driver...

Musk Has Unusual Reason for New Round of Layoffs

He says Tesla's vehicles are 'too expensive'

(Newser) - Last year was "the most successful year in Tesla's history," with sales almost as high as all previous years combined—but around 3,000 workers are going to have to lose their jobs because the company's cars are too expensive, Elon Musk wrote in a letter...

Man Sues Tesla, Says Autopilot Led to Crash

He says the feature failed to detect a disabled car before collision

(Newser) - A Florida man says the autopilot feature of his Tesla vehicle failed to detect a disabled car on a highway, leading to a collision that left him with permanent injuries, according to a negligence lawsuit filed Tuesday. Shawn Hudson said in the lawsuit filed in state court in Orlando, Florida,...

Actress Posts Video of Hubby's Tesla on Fire 'Out of the Blue'

Mary McCormack says fire was not caused by accident

(Newser) - The latest unfortunate headline for Tesla comes courtesy of actress Mary McCormack, who on Friday tweeted a video of a Model S with flames shooting from it. "This is what happened to my husband and his car today. No accident,out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica...

Tesla Slashes Thousands of Jobs
Tesla Slashes
Thousands of Jobs

Tesla Slashes Thousands of Jobs

Round of layoffs is biggest in company history

(Newser) - Tesla has never made an annual profit but it's getting serious about trying, Elon Musk said in a letter to employees announcing the biggest round of layoffs in the company's history. Musk told employees that the company's rapid growth had led to "duplication of roles and...

Tesla Crash Leaves Cops With One Big Question

A Tesla sedan rear-ended a fire department truck at 60mph

(Newser) - A Tesla sedan with a semi-autonomous autopilot feature rear-ended a fire department truck at 60mph apparently without braking before impact, but police say it's unknown if the autopilot feature was engaged. The cause of the Friday evening crash, involving a Tesla Model S and a fire department mechanic...

Tesla Stock Dives After Bizarre Earnings Call

Musk cut off analysts after 'boring' questions

(Newser) - Tesla's share price took a major hit Wednesday after CEO Elon Musk decided he didn't want to spend a conference call on the company's earning report dealing with a lot of dull questions from analysts. Musk interrupted a back-and-forth between a Bernstein analyst and Tesla Chief Financial...

Tesla Gets One More Problem—a Big Recall

123K Model S owners learn rusty bolts could affect power steering

(Newser) - A rough week for Tesla just a got a little rougher, with the company announcing a recall of 123,000 Model S sedans because of rusty bolts. Specifically, the issue affects vehicles made before April 2016, particularly those in colder climates where road salt can corrode power steering bolts. In...

Driver Deliberately Crashes Fancy Tesla to Save Lives

He was able to stop an out-of-control Passat whose driver was in distress

(Newser) - The driver of a $70,000 Tesla Model S put his fancy car on the line to save lives with an impressive maneuver Monday in Germany. Jalopnik reports the driver was on the autobahn near Munich when he saw an out-of-control Volkswagen Passat swerve across the road and repeatedly hit...

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