- The family of Omar Avan, a Tesla tenant who died in February in a crash in which his Model S sedan crashed, is being sued by the electric car manufacturer, claiming that the "Model S design" is defective and unreasonably dangerous. "
- In court, family attorneys say a police officer and other bystanders failed to reach Avan because the design of the Model S door handles prevented them from opening the car door.
- Model S has distinctive door handles that are in line with the sheet metal of the car, unless the key holder is nearby, at which point they can extend outwards, allowing the driver or passenger to grasp them and open the door.
- Awan's car does not extend to those in the field
- Attorneys representing Avan's family claim that Avan did not die from the collision, but instead say he was killed by the smoke that filled the car after its battery
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The family of Omar Avan, a Tesla tenant who died in a crash in which his Model S sedan ignited, suits the electric car manufacturer, claiming that the "design of the Model S" is defective and unreasonably dangerous. "
Owan died in February after his Model S pulled away from a parking lot and struck a palm tree. The vehicle caught fire and family attorneys say in a lawsuit that a police officer and other scene watchers failed to reach Avan, because the design of the door handles of the Model S prevented them from opening the car doors.
The Model S has distinctive door handles that lie in one place with the sheet metal of the car, unless the key holder is close to where moment they can with
In February, a Tesla representative directed Business Insider to the Model S emergency response guide, saying that the company should not
responded immediately to a request for comment on the case on Thursday.
Lawyers representing Avan's family claim that Avan did not die from the impact. Instead, they say he was killed by the smoke that filled the car after its battery caught fire.
"Model S's design precludes those in the crash from taking Dr. Avan out of the cab because the door handles fail," the case said. "The Model S had an unjustifiably dangerous risk of fire that was not resolved by proper design. Tesla failed to give adequate, adequate, complete or fair warnings about the risks associated with door handles or smoke and fire."
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