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US Doctor Dies In Burning Tesla As Futuristic Doors Didn't Open After Crash.

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Omar Awan was driving his dream car when he lost control. The sleek, blue Model S Tesla careened across a road in South Florida and slammed into a palm tree.

But it wasn't the crash that killed him, his family's lawyers said - it was the car's futuristic design features.

The last moments of Awan's life were gruesome and excruciating. After the crash, the Tesla's lithium ion battery caught fire. Smoke - and then flames - filled the car, suffocating Awan and burning him from his feet up. Outside, a crowd gathered, but couldn't help.

That's because the car's retractable door handles, which are supposed to "auto-present" when they detect a key fob nearby, malfunctioned and first responders weren't able to open the doors and save Awan, alleges a wrongful-death lawsuit.

"The fire engulfed the car and burned Dr. Awan beyond recognition - all because the Model S has inaccessible door handles, no other way to open the doors, and an unreasonably dangerous fire risk," the complaint reads.

"These Model S defects and others," the suit says, "rendered it a death trap."

Awan, a 48-year-old anesthesiologist and father of five, leased the Model S for two reasons, family attorney Stuart Grossman said: he was environmentally sensitive and safety conscious.

Tesla, maker of electric vehicles, has also claimed that the Model S once achieved "the best safety rating of any car tested." So Awan, who could have afforded a Mercedes or another luxury vehicle, went with the 2016 Tesla. And it killed him, Grossman said.

"These things, they just love to burn," he said. "The car is so overengineered. It's so techy, it makes you want to buy a Chevy pickup truck."

Tesla's public relations team did not respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit, filed in October, and the company's lawyers have yet to respond in court.

But shortly after the February crash, a Tesla spokeswoman told the Florida Sun-Sentinel that "We are deeply saddened by this accident" but that "Tesla vehicles are engineered to be the safest cars in the world and Tesla drivers have driven more than 10 billion miles to date."

Awan's death is one in a string of recent incidents that has been blamed on Tesla's innovative technology. A lawsuit stemming from a May 2018 crash that killed two teens also blamed a battery fire for at least one of the deaths (Grossman represents the car's third passenger, who survived the accident after being thrown from the vehicle).

In April, surveillance footage from a Shanghai parking garage showed smoke billowing from a Model S moments before the car burst into flames. The widely-shared video prompted Tesla to open an internal investigation.

Several other suits have attributed deaths to Tesla's "Autopilot" system, an automatic driver-assistance feature.

"There are a number of these cases," Grossman said. "What the hell is going on?"

In Awan's case and in other crashes, the carmaker has argued that high-speed crashes can result in fires whether the car is powered by gasoline or batteries. But Awan survived the collision, and he could have escaped the smoke and fire, too, Grossman said - if only the police officer who arrived on scene could have opened the car's doors.

The lawsuit asserts that the features rendered the car "defective" and "dangerous" - the door handles compounding the problem of an "inherently unstable" battery.

"Tesla failed to warn users about the scope and extent of the defective and unreasonably dangerous conditions of the Model S," the complaint says.

The Broward County autopsy report, obtained by The Washington Post, lists Awan's cause of death as "inhalation of products of combustion with a contributory cause of death of thermal injuries."

The medical examiner who responded to the crash wrote that Awan "was not identifiable on scene." His clothes and hair were burned and a yellow metal ring was found on his left ring finger.

After the crash, and after firefighters extinguished the blaze, Awan's Tesla was transported to a tow yard. Once there, it reignited and burned again

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It's a sad thing that happened but this is not limited only to electric cars it has happened many times in normal internal combustion vehicles too so I think it's just a scheme to get juice from the manufacturer...

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From 2013-2018 there have been 14 recorded instances of Tesla cars catching fire. 

Source https://www.autoblog.com/2018/05/11/a-list-of-tesla-car-fires-since-2013/

this latest brings it up to 15. 15 cars in 6 years is an average of just over 2 cars per year. 

To put this into context, it is estimated that up to 180 people died in fires in the Ford Pinto between 1971-1975. 

Source :

https://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a6700/top-automotive-engineering-failures-ford-pinto-fuel-tanks/

When you read the original link I posted about Tesla fires, you will see that most of the cars that caught fire were involved in accidents. Any car can catch fire after an accident. 

Articles like this are nothing more than a ploy to get clicks and generate advertising revenue. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an Elon Musk fanboi but 2 cars per year catching fire after an accident isn’t news. It’s normal, and it’s pretty impressive the figure is so low. 

Some people just like to hate on new technology and use small failures to line their own pockets. Do your own research, don’t believe everything the media feeds you. 

Bonus fact : electric cars are nothing new. The first driveable electric car was produced by William Morrison in 1890.

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On 10/24/2019 at 9:44 AM, Sidshk said:

That's because the car's retractable door handles, which are supposed to "auto-present" when they detect a key fob nearby, malfunctioned and first responders weren't able to open the doors and save Awan, alleges a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Electric, No-Electric I think main cause of death was no fail-safe mechanism for retractable door handles.

Manufacturer should work some level of control on this area at least for first responders to open door in case of such emergencies. I think newer Range and Porsche has similar retractable door handles too.

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1 hour ago, Gaurav said:

Electric, No-Electric I think main cause of death was no fail-safe mechanism for retractable door handles.

Manufacturer should work some level of control on this area at least for first responders to open door in case of such emergencies. I think newer Range and Porsche has similar retractable door handles too.

What stopped them from grabbing a stone and breaking a window? Any car window will break if you hit it in the bottom corner

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They have gless on all sides just choose the safest one and throw a tabook in it and viola there is the new emergency exit....

Their emergency response teams need some more training guess

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There was a case here recently where a car (neither a Tesla nor a Pinto) caught fire after an accident that did not involve another vehicle. The first guy to arrive on the scene  found that the car was completely engulfed in flames but the driver was still alive, although he was on fire and badly burnt. Since the guy who happened to be the first on the scene could not get close enough to the burning car to open a door or break a window without sustaining injuries himself should he have tried to pull the driver from the burning vehicle, he shot the driver in the head through the windscreen to save him from more pain. 

He was arrested and charged with murder after reporting his actions when the first emergency personnel arrived, but the judge ordered that the case be withdrawn and thrown out of court based on dashcam evidence that showed the "callous murderer, according to some media)  trying to get close enough to the burning car to render assistance, but could not without getting burned himself.

The judge called the man a "compassionate soul", and ordered the State to pay for the man's therapy and legal costs. The State did not appeal the ruling.  

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Sometimes it takes a lot more courage to do just the right human thing than what is right as per the law. Kudos to the judge for doing the right human thing.

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