Texas police officials have reportedly sued Tesla after a Model X with Autopilot crashed into five police officers. The crash took place February 27, 2021, in Splendora, a small town in Montgomery County in the eastern part of the state.
According to the lawsuit, the Model X SUV crashed into several police officers while they were engaged in a traffic stop on the Eastex Freeway in Texas. All were badly injured.
The officers claim that crash was due to manufacturing defects known to Tesla, as well as Tesla’s unwillingness to admit or correct such defects.
The lawsuit says: ”Due to the design and manufacturing defects known to Tesla, Tesla’s failure to adequately warm of those defects, and Tesla’s unwillingness to admit or correct such defects, the Autopilot and Tesla’s system safety features failed to detect the officers’ cars or to function in any way to avoid or warn of the hazard and subsequent crash.”
The plaintiffs also note that this was not an isolated instance, citing at least 12 other crashes that have occurred involving a Tesla vehicle using Autopilot.
The lawsuit cites several tweets by Tesla CEO Elon Musk commenting on crashes involving Autopilot or incidents of Tesla owners misusing the system as evidence that the company is aware of these defects and has failed to recall or correct them.
Tesla’s blatant refusal to adopt additional safeguards or to fix the issues with its Autopilot system demonstrate a lack of supervision and oversight of Tesla’s Autopilot system. Tesla has intentionally decided not to remedy these issues and must be held liable and accountable, especially when it has detailed knowledge of the risks and dangers associated with its Autopilot system.
The officers are also suing a local restaurant owner, claiming the driver of the Model X was served too much alcohol prior to the incident. They are seeking damages for injuries and permanent disabilities. The lawsuit lists damages in excess of $1,000,000, with maximum damages of $20,000,000.