Model X accelerating out of parking spot was driver error, says Tesla

2016 Tesla Model X P90D after crash while owner was parking  [photo: owner 'Puzant']

2016 Tesla Model X P90D after crash while owner was parking [photo: owner ‘Puzant’]

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A Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] Model X owner while recently parking his electric SUV ending up crashing into a nearby building.

The owner, who goes by the name “Puzant” on Tesla’s official forum, claimed the car, which was only five days old, accelerated by itself.

Tesla on Monday made a statement to the website Teslarati in which it blamed the driver for causing the crash.

The automaker said data it collected showed the vehicle prior to its crash was traveling at 6 mph when the accelerator pedal was floored, and that the cruise control and autonomous systems weren’t activated.

“Consistent with the driver’s actions, the vehicle applied torque and accelerated as instructed,” the  statement read.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time where a driver most likely hit the accelerator thinking it was the brakes. In fact, similar claims have been made against Tesla’s Model S.

You’ll recall that similar claims were made about the Audi 5000 in the 1980s and about numerous Toyota vehicles only a few years ago. In the case of the Audi it was determined the brake and accelerator pedals were placed too close to each other. For Toyota, most of the crashes that occurred were due to people hitting the accelerator instead of the brake but in some cases it was due to incorrect floor mats which led to accelerator pedals becoming stuck.

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