A woman is suing Tesla Inc. for products liability and negligence after her husband died, claiming his 2015 Model S suddenly accelerated from 10 to 70 miles per hour seconds before crashing into a tree and catching fire.
Stacey McCarthy sued the high-tech automotive company on behalf of herself and her three children bringing claims related to the November 2016 death of her husband, Kevin McCarthy. According to a complaint filed Tuesday, McCarthy’s leased Tesla suddenly and unexpectedly accelerated before it crashed and ignited. The suit claims McCarthy was unable to exit the vehicle due to an alleged door latch malfunction, and for about 20 minutes, he was trapped breathing toxic fumes as flames burned 75% of his body. He died at the hospital from his injuries.
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