The parents of a Florida teenager killed when a Telsa sedan crashed and burned last year, suing the electric car firm that the battery pack on its electric model S is defective and may burst into strong fires.
Edgar Monserratt and Esperanza Martinez de Monserratt claim in the lawsuit on Tuesday in the Broward County Circuit Court that the car's battery was insufficiently protected, making the entire vehicle defective.
Their son, Edgar Monserratt Martinez, 1[ads1]8, was a passenger in front of the May 8, 2018 crash in Fort Lauderdale who also killed driver Barrett Riley, also 18. Another teenager was thrown from the car and injured.
"The Tesla S case had insufficient measures to prevent a fire after a collision and had insufficient measures to contain fire," said Chicago lawyer Philip Corboy Jr., one of the lawyers representing the parents.
Corboy also claims that Riley's parents had a device installed on Tesla 2014 that limited their speed to 85 miles per hour after being billed in March to drive 112 mph. The device was installed at a Tesla service center, but removed during a subsequent service visit without the parent's knowledge, suing the case.
Litigation charges Tesla for negligence and seeks compensation of over $ 15,000.
According to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates the accident and others involving Tesla vehicles and fires, the Model S traveled at 116 mph three seconds before crashing into a wall and it only went to 86 km / t while airbags inflated.
The car missed a curve with a 25 mph speed limit and hit the wall twice, and witnesses reported that it broke out in flames.
"Our thoughts continue to be with families affected by this tragedy," Palo Alto, California-based Tesla said in a statement. "Unfortunately, no car could have supported a high-speed crash of this type."
The company noted that last year it introduced "Speed Limit Mode", which allows Tesla owners to limit the car's speed and acceleration and dedicated function to Barrett Riley.
Witnesses told investigators that the Tesla driver went into the left lane to pass another vehicle and lost control while trying to return to the right. At the Seabreeze Boulevard crash site, the road is curved to the left, and there is a 25 mph warning sign with a flashing lighthouse.
Tesla's lithium ion battery reignited twice after firefighters extinguished the flames, once the car was loaded for removal from the scene and left in a storage space.
Batteries such as those used by Tesla and other electric cars can get fire and burn quickly in a crash, even though Tesla has maintained its vehicles burning far less frequently than those powered by gasoline.