21. On February 1967, during a test procedure for Apollo 1, a fire occurred in the crew cabin. Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger B. Chaffee were killed in the accident. The crew could not be rescued because the hatch door could not be opened from outside by rescuers.
Despite the US "space race" against the Soviet Union, the manned space program was halted from 20 months to investigate and address the causes of the accident.
In the public sector, when your technology kills people, you take it off the line and solve the problem before you harm people.
The private sector is a little different.
In February, according to a case, Omar Awan was driving a Model S Tesla when he lost control and passed off the road. A fire ignited in the car. A crowd gathered and a policeman came while he was burning. But according to the family, they couldn't help because they couldn't open the car's "auto-present" doors.
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Awan's death is one of a string of recent incidents that have been blamed on Tesla's innovative technology. A lawsuit stemming from a May 2018 crash that killed two teenagers also blamed a battery fire for at least one of the deaths. ([Awan’s family attorney Stuart Grossman] represents the car's third passenger, who survived the accident after being thrown from the vehicle.)
In April, surveillance footage from a Shanghai parking garage revealed smoke billowing from a Model S moment before the car burst into flames. The widely shared video prompted Tesla to open an internal investigation.
Several other suits have attributed fatalities to Tesla's "Autopilot" system, an automatic driver assistance feature.
"There are several of these cases," Grossman said. "What the hell is going on?"
After the Awan crash, Tesla did not stop production for 20 months. Instead:
Just after the crash in February, a Tesla spokeswoman told the Florida Sun-Sentinel that "We are deeply saddened by this accident," but that "Tesla vehicles are designed to be the safest cars in the world and Tesla drivers have driven more than 10 billion miles to date. "
The tort law is here for that. The only thing that is here is the tort law. You can make jokes about tort lawyers or seemingly rude lawsuits – Lord knows I have But at the end of the day, a private company like Tesla will never run its business with the kind of restraint that an agency like NASA, no matter how much the owner talks about going to space.
Unless the injury lawyers make them.  A man died in a burning Tesla because its futuristic doors would not open, the lawsuit claims [Washington Post]
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