Tesla Responds to Rear-End Collision at Beijing Capital Airport

In response to a rear-end collision at Beijing Capital Airport’s second expressway on April 22, Tesla explained on Wednesday that data indicates the accident was caused by faulty operation by the driver.

Recently, a Tesla Model 3 owner claimed that he became engaged in a rear-end collision due to a braking failure, then reported the accident to an insurance company.

Tesla previously responded to the incident, claiming that it was caused by the driver stepping on the accelerator pedal by mistake. After evaluating evidence according to the on-site situation, the insurance company informed the car owner of the compensation they could offer. However, due to the huge gap between the compensation and the vehicle price, the driver asked Tesla to pay for the difference.

In response to the accident, Tesla offered an explanation again on Wednesday, saying that background data shows that the driver turned the steering wheel to the left to avoid a truck in front. However, he stepped on the accelerator pedal while steering, leading to the collision. The driver reportedly did not apply the brake pedal before the collision.

During the collision, the driver apparently stepped on the brake pedal twice – all of which lasted less than one second.

The analysis of information stored in the vehicle’s event data recorder is also consistent with the conclusions made from background data.

In addition, on April 22, the China Consumers Association released its annual report, referring to Tesla’s consumer rights protection incident last year. The association pointed out some difficulties in rights protection in the new energy vehicle industry, such as the failure of assisted autonomous driving systems.

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