Elon Musk and his Tesla Motor Company have had more than their share of issues in recent years. A products liability case has recently been brought against the company. The case may have implications for the future of the Model 3 electric sedan in New Mexico and elsewhere around the country.

A person in another state was driving his Tesla 3 the day after he had purchased it. He was driving at low speed in rush hour traffic and went to change lanes. Something popped, the brakes engaged on the car and the steering wheel locked. The front passenger-side wheel then came off the car and caused the vehicle to skid onto a sidewalk and hit a tree.

The car’s driver suffered minor injuries. The car was deemed a total loss. An examination of the car’s on-board computer, the event data recorder, showed no indication that the driver was at fault for the accident. The driver’s insurance company conducted its own investigation and also came to the conclusion that the driver was not at fault. The lawsuit requests a trial to determine the amount of damages to be awarded.

It is believed that 21st century technology is succeeding in making cars safer. Artificial intelligence is being used to aid drivers in decision-making and safe driving. But when the technology fails, the potential for a serious accident that can lead to a products liability issue is a real possibility. Anyone in New Mexico who has suffered as a result of such a failure may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney. The lawyer can review the facts of the case and help one to determine if a civil lawsuit is a viable option.