(Reuters) – the Chicago law firm of Corboy & Demetrio said on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against electric car manufacturer Tesla Inc (TSLA.O), contending that its 2014 Model S sedan had a faulty battery, that the cause of the death of an 18-year-old passenger in an accident last year.
The logo is seen on a new all-wheel-drive version of the Tesla Model S car in Hawthorne, California, on October 9, 2014. T REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Last May, a Tesla driven by Barrett Riley with passenger Edgar Monserratt Martinez bumped into a concrete wall and burst into flames in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, killing both the young people, according to the lawsuit.
The office represents the estate of Edgar Monserratt Martinez.
Less than two months before the crash, Riley’s parents had a limiter installed at a Tesla service center in order to prevent the vehicle from reaching more than 85 km / h, but it was removed at an other Tesla service visit without his parents ‘ knowledge, the law firm said here
An additional count in the lawsuit that Tesla claims to have been negligent in the removal of the rev limiter.
It added that Riley was driving the vehicle at 116 km / h, immediately before the collision.
The lawsuit also claims that Tesla “failed to warn the purchasers of the vehicles from the batteries to the hazardous situation.”
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board had said last year was the investigation of the crash.
There are at least a dozen worldwide reported cases of Tesla’s batteries catching fire in collisions, as well as while they are stationary in the past five years, the law firm said.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
Reporting Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by shailesh Kuber