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Tesla Crashed Into Home When Park-Assist Failed, Suit Says (1)

Feb. 14, 2019, 2:42 PMUpdated: Feb. 15, 2019, 3:57 PM

A Tesla car crashed into a Virginia couple’s home on two occasions when its parking assistance features failed, a new lawsuit alleges.

Bikan and Daljit Octain paid $111,450 for a 2016 Tesla Model S 90D Automobile, including a $3,000 charge for the “Full Self-Driving Capability,” they allege in a suit in Virginia Circuit Court against Tesla Inc. and Tesla Motors Inc.

This capability includes the “Tesla Autopark” feature, which allows the car to be parked remotely, the complaint said. It also includes the “Tesla Summon” feature that lets owners move the car in and out of a parking space from outside the vehicle using a mobile app or the key, the complaint alleges.

But the car crashed itself once into their home and months later drove itself into the wall of their garage when they attempted to use the parking assist features, the Octains allege.

A Tesla spokesperson, when asked about the suit, said, “customers are required to remain in control of the vehicle at all times when using our parking assistance features.”

600K in Damages Sought

After the first crash, Tesla attempted to repair the car, the complaint said.

Tesla advised the couple after the second crash not to use the auto summon and autopark features and said it would no longer service the car, according to the complaint.

The Octains say they demanded arbitration to resolve the dispute but Tesla refused to participate in the arbitration process.

They also raise claims for breach of contract, breach of warranty and fraud, and said Tesla violated Virginia’s consumer protection and lemon laws.

They seek $600,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.

Silver & Brown represents the plaintiffs.

The case is Octain v. Tesla Motors, Inc., C.C.D. Va., No. 2019 02055, complaint 2/12/19.

(Added comment from Tesla)

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