Tesla Model Y collides with two cars in Taizhou, kills two

Occurred: November 2022

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A Tesla Model Y ran through a traffic light in Taizhou, China, before crashing into two other cars and resulting in the deaths of two people and injury to another. Local CCTV footage shows an apparently out-of-control Tesla speeding through an intersection prior to the accident before smashing into two cars. 

Experts reckon the cause of the accident may be ‘malfunctioning brakes’ connected to Tesla’s single-pedal driving mode. According to auto analyst Zhu Yulong, single-pedal mode hugely alters drivers’ muscle memory, leading drivers to press on the accelerator pedal for a long time, which can increase the risk of a malfunction.

Two weeks before, a similar accident took place in Chaozhou, Guangdong province, in which a teenager and motorcyclist were killed and three others injured after an alleged brake malfunction. 

Developer: Tesla
Country: USA
Sector: Automotive
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety
Transparency: Black box