Man says Tesla started on its own, got into crash


LINDON, Utah (KSL) – A Utah man is calling for a deeper investigation into what went wrong after his Tesla Model S appeared to start up on its own and crash into the back of a trailer.

“I think it behooves them to figure out what happened, what happened with the vehicle, address it,” Jared Overton said Tuesday. “Just fix it.”

A worker at the business met him at the side of the road, Overton said, and asked him multiple questions about his car.

After at least 20 seconds to as long as a minute standing near the car, Overton said he and the worker walked inside the business.

Five minutes later, Overton and the worker emerged to find the Tesla had driven under the parked trailer, smashing the Tesla’s windshield.

Overton reported the issue to Tesla, and a week later received a letter from the company suggesting it was his fault.

“Tesla has reviewed the vehicle’s logs, which show that the incident occurred as a result of the driver not being properly attentive to the vehicle’s surroundings while using the Summon feature or maintaining responsibility for safely controlling the vehicle at all times,” the letter signed by a regional service manager read.

The letter said the Summon feature – which enables a Tesla vehicle to park itself, among other functions – “was initiated by a double-press of the gear selector stalk button, shifting from Drive to Park and requesting Summon activation.”

The letter said three seconds after Overton exited the car and closed the door, the Summon function initiated.

Overton disputed the findings, saying he put the vehicle in park and did not believe he ever initiated the self-park function.

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