Edgar Monserratt Martinez was riding in the front passenger seat of a Tesla Model S driven by his friend Barrett Riley, also 18, when Riley lost control at 186 km/h (116 mph), crashing and killing both young men May 8, 2018. "The Tesla S sedan had inadequate measures to prevent a post-collision fire and had inadequate measures to contain a fire", Corboy said.
However, when the auto was in at a Tesla service center in Broward County weeks later, the governor was removed without the permission or knowledge of Riley's parents.
Federal investigators said in their preliminary report that the vehicle was traveling at 116 miles per hour around a curve in Fort Lauderdale's Seabreeze Boulevard - which has a 30 mile-per-hour limit - when the driver, 18-year-old Barrett Riley, attempted to pass another auto and lost control of the vehicle.
Batteries like those used by Tesla and other electric cars can catch fire and burn rapidly in a crash, although Tesla has maintained its vehicles catch fire far less often than those powered by gasoline. In addition, lawyers for the family claim that the vehicle itself was "defective and unreasonably dangerous" as its batteries were not "adequately protected and shielded" in a way that would have protected against a "thermal runaway".More news: Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival to Arrive This Summer
US National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) preliminary investigation into the crash found that parts the Tesla's battery had separated from the vehicle.
The law firm's statement notes that there have been at least "a dozen worldwide reported cases of Tesla S batteries catching fire in collisions as well as while stationary in the past five years". They extinguished the vehicle fire using 200-300 gallons of water and foam. However, the company added "Unfortunately, no vehicle could have withstood a high-speed crash of this kind".
"Unfortunately, no auto could have withstood a high-speed crash of this kind", Tesla said in a statement sent to Ars Technica. Upon arrival at the storage yard, the battery reignited again.
The company noted that a year ago it introduced "Speed Limit Mode", which allows Tesla owners to limit their car's speed and acceleration, and dedicated the feature to Barrett Riley.More news: Djokovic Faces Qualifier at Open, Federer Takes on Istomin
The Tesla's lithium-ion battery reignited twice after firefighters extinguished the flames, once as the auto was being loaded for removal from the scene and again in a storage yard.
Despite figuring in two fatal crashes, Tesla's Autopilot driver-assistance software is soon to offer full self-driving.
It also slightly tweaked the pricing and options for dual-motor AWD variants.More news: 'I'm over it:' Comedian Kevin Hart rules out hosting the Oscars