Ji-Chang Son Tesla Model X sudden acceleration

December 2016
Updated: November 2021

Reuters reports that Korean celebrity Son Ji-chang is to sue Tesla after his parked Model X electric SUV suddenly accelerated, causing it to crash through his garage into his living room, injuring him and his passenger. The lawsuit alleges product liability, negligence and breaches of warranty.

Tesla responded that the data from from the car and other evidence 'conclusively shows that the crash was the result of Mr. Son pressing the accelerator pedal all the way to 100%'. Tesla also argued that the actor was using his celebrity to damage Tesla.

Electrek has previously reported that several Model X owners had complained of 'sudden unintended acceleration'. To which Tesla said the logs pointed to the driver being responsible in every case.

Operator: Tesla
Country: USA
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Autopilot
Issue: Safety; Accountability; Liability
Opacity: Black box