Last year, 18-year-old Edgar Monserratt Martinez was in the passenger seat of a Tesla Model S during a May 8, 2018 crash in Fort Lauderdale, which ended in tragedy.
Parents Esperanza Martinez de Monserratt and Edgar Monserratt filed a lawsuit Tuesday at Broward County Circuit Court in which they claimed the car’s battery poses some serious safety hazards. The lawsuit accuses Tesla of negligence and seeks damages upwards of $15,000.
The family’s attorney claimed the Tesla Model S had inadequate measures to prevent a post-collision fire and inadequate measure to contain a fire. Tesla’s lithium-ion batteries caught flames twice after firefighters attempted to put them out, and vehicles who use them tend to crash and burn quickly.
Tesla in Palo Alto, California, said in a statement “Unfortunately, no car could have withstood a high-speed crash of this kind.”
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