Chinese court orders Tesla 'brake failure' liar to publicly apologize and pay fine
A former Tesla Model 3 owner from China, who falsely claimed that "brake failure" in the EV manufactured by the American EV giant was the cause of his serious accident, has been ordered by a Chinese court to publicly apologize. After hearing both sides, the Chinese court reached the conclusion that the person lied about Tesla vehicle, and ordered the person to return to the social media platform to apologize and set the record straight.
The court ruled that the Tesla Model 3 driver was 100% at fault for the accident that left him seriously injured. After the accident, the driver had claimed that the EV’s brakes failed and it also suffered from unintended acceleration. Later, it was found that the person had actually pushed the accelerator pedal instead of the pushing the brake pedal.
An investigation by the Wenzhou Auto Engineering Society proved that the driver was at fault, but he still took to social media to slander the image of the American electric car manufacturer. He shared images and a video clip of the accident involving the Model 3 EV and asked people to look over the results of buying a Tesla EV. Retaliating to the driver’s action, Tesla filed a defamation suit against him.
However, a recent court filing revealed that that the driver admitted in the court that he had accidentally pushed the electric sedan’s accelerator pedal instead of its brake pedal. In fact, he had initially told the authorities that he mistakenly pushed the wrong pedal, but later he changed the statement and criticized the American automaker.
The court ordered the driver to publicly apologize to the American automaker within 10 days, and keep on apologizing for a minimum of 90 days. The court also ordered the driver to pay a fine of RMB 50,000 (US$7,700) for damaging the reputation of the American automaker.
It is surprising that correct information was not revealed to the media even after the driver admitted told the investigators that the accident occurred because he accidentally pressed the acceleration pedal instead of the brake pedal. The driver’s false accusations and claims kept tarnishing Tesla’s reputation for months.
Palo Alto, Calif.-headquartered Tesla is still trying to deal with the aftermath of multiple false brake failure claims in China. Thus, the recent court ruling has come as a big relief for the American EV giant.
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