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Tesla sued for passenger death due to defective battery

Technology Jan 08, 2019 04:22PM ET
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(Reuters) - Chicago law firm Corboy & Demetrio said on Tuesday it filed a lawsuit against electric carmaker Tesla Inc (O:TSLA) alleging that its 2014 Model S sedan had a defective battery pack that caused the death of an 18-year old passenger in an accident last year.

Last May, a Tesla driven by Barrett Riley with passenger Edgar Monserratt Martinez crashed into a concrete wall and erupted in flames in Fort Lauderdale, Florida killing both the teenagers, according to the lawsuit.

The law firm represents the estate of Edgar Monserratt Martinez.

Less than two months before the crash, Riley's parents had a limiter installed at a Tesla service center to prevent the vehicle from reaching over 85 mph, but it was removed at another Tesla service visit without his parents' knowledge, the law firm said https://www.corboydemetrio.com/newsroom-pressreleases-913.

An additional count in the lawsuit alleges Tesla was negligent in the removal of the limiter.

It added that Riley was driving the vehicle at 116 mph, immediately before the collision.

The lawsuit also alleges that Tesla "failed to warn purchasers of its vehicles of the battery's dangerous condition."

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board had said last year it was investigating the crash.

There have been at least a dozen worldwide reported cases of Tesla S batteries catching fire in collisions as well as while being stationary in the last five years, the law firm said.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Tesla sued for passenger death due to defective battery
 

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charles mills
charles mills Jan 08, 2019 6:53PM ET
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At 116 miles a hour the driver was putting every one at mortal risk. Not tesla fault.
Anthony Anthony
Anthony Anthony Jan 08, 2019 5:28PM ET
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should exxon also get sued for defective gasoline?
Omga HQ
Omga HQ Jan 08, 2019 5:28PM ET
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Only that burning batteries are defective, while burning gasoline is not.
Thomas Wong
Thomas Wong Jan 08, 2019 5:14PM ET
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speeding cause death but point to the battery, will u point to the engine when u speeding to death in a gasoline car.
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Omga HQ Jan 08, 2019 5:14PM ET
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Sperrung made them crash, but the cars concept made them die... I would consider this a severe difference.
 
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