Feds Probe Fatal Ft. Lauderdale Tesla Crash That Killed 2 Teens


After Tesla and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had a fallout over the board's investigation into a deadly crash involving a Tesla vehicle on Autopilot, the NTSB is launching yet another investigation into an accident involving a Tesla vehicle.

A 2014 Tesla Model S was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck a wall resulting in a postcrash fire.

This is the second time in recent months that a Tesla accident has drawn the attention of the NTSB, which is still investigating a March Model X crash, that killed its driver. Two vehicle occupants died and one was injured in the crash.

"Should the worst happen, there is no safer vehicle to be in than Model S", according to a company brochure for the 2014 Model S. NHTSA previously has said it is investigating two other Tesla crashes earlier this year, including a fatal March crash involving Autopilot in California.

The National Transportation Safety Board has send four investigators for investigation. A spokesperson tells USA Today that "had Autopilot been engaged it would have limited the vehicle's speed to 35mph or less on this street".

Earlier this month, Tesla and the NTSB got into an open feud over Tesla's release of information from the probe into the Mountain View crash.

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The local police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida - where the crash occurred - said they believed speed was a factor behind the crash.

A Tesla Model S electric vehicle is seen at its dealership in Seoul, South Korea July 6, 2017.

While admitting that serious high-speed collisions can result in a fire, the Tesla spokesperson defended the car's safety record saying a gas auto in the USA is five times more likely to catch fire than a Tesla vehicle. The company has previously argued that its cars are statistically much less likely to catch fire than a gasoline-powered vehicle in an accident.

One witness said the Tesla was being driven fast and spun out of control. A 2016 Florida crash that killed a former Navy SEAL was originally blamed on the driver, 40-year-old Joshua Brown following a probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tesla ordered major changes to the Autopilot system after that report was released, among other things, severing ties to Israeli-based Mobileye, the supplier of its in-vehicle camera system.

The agency examined a California crash in March to see whether the auto pilot was activated. The bureau said that it will not expect Autopilot to participate in its question.