A California man who owns three Teslas is suing under the state’s “Lemon Law,” claiming the car maker must refund him $161,970 because its latest model has safety and feature flaws that can’t be fixed.
In a lawsuit filed this month in state court, Barrett Lyon, a 38 year old Internet entrepreneur, claims the doors of his Tesla Model X TSLA 3.02% malfunction, and have smashed into his wife and into parked cars.
He also says software for the car’s auto-park feature doesn’t work properly, and shared a video with Fortune (see further below) that shows the car failing to drive autonomously into his garage, but stopping short instead.
Speaking by phone, Lyon says he remains a fan of the company, and that he still enjoys his first Tesla—the 24th ever made—and his Model S. But his latest experience wasn’t the same.
“I think they rushed the Model X out the door too quickly and as a result, there’s a number of issues—software problems and some hardware design issues,” he said. “I paid all this money for this car and I can’t depend on it.”
He added that Tesla engineers have yet to offer a solution, and that his service center, which Lyon usually finds excellent, can no longer offer a timely appointment because so many customers are also turning up with similar issues. As a result, he says felt he had no choice but to sue the company for breach of warranty and a reimbursement under a statute known as the “Lemon Law.”
Yeah, taking any car into water where its sloshing over the hood is insane.
Just because you made it to the other side doesnt mean you didnt total the car.
... or you didnt cause severe issues months or years later.