Tesla Mo­tors says it’s in­ves­ti­gat­ing fa­tal China crash

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA -

Tesla Mo­tors Inc is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of a fa­tal crash in China in­volv­ing one of its ve­hi­cles, but has “no way of know­ing” if its semi-au­to­mated Au­topi­lot sys­tem was en­gaged at the time of the ac­ci­dent, the com­pany said in a state­ment on Wed­nes­day.

“Be­cause of the dam­age caused by the col­li­sion, the car was phys­i­cally in­ca­pable of trans­mit­ting log data to our servers,” Tesla said.

China’s CCTV on Wed­nes­day reported 23-year-old Gao Yan­ing died in Jan­uary af­ter crash­ing into the back of a road sweep­ing ve­hi­cle while driv­ing a Tesla car on a high­way in the north­east­ern prov­ince of He­bei.

Gao’s fam­ily filed the law­suit in a Bei­jing court in July against Tesla and the Bei­jing-based dealer who had sold Gao the car.

Tesla, in its state­ment, said it had “tried re­peat­edly to work with” Gao’s fam­ily to de­ter­mine the cause of the crash, but the fam­ily “has not pro­vided us with any ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion that would al­low us to do so.”

JA­SON LEE / REUTERS

A Tesla car draws spec­ta­tors dur­ing the Auto 2016 in Bei­jing in April.

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