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, and then 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