PALO ALTO (CBS SF) – A Florida woman is suing Palo Alto-based Tesla after her husband died in a car crash in which they blame the car’s autopilot system.
Jeremy banner was killed four months ago when the Tesla Model 3 he was driving collided with a truck near Delray Beach.READ MORE: BART Service Nears Pre-Pandemic Level Monday as Hours Expand
The lawsuit contends the car’s autopilot safety system failed, causing the crash.
“There’s no question at all that it was defective. It did not work properly. In fact, it didn’t work at all,” says Trey Lytal, attorney for Banner’s widow.READ MORE: 4 Die in Helicopter Crash in Colusa County North of Sacramento
The Banner family attorney does say the truck driver was at fault in the accident, and had violated Banner’s right of way.
Tesla released a statement, saying the autopilot system is safe “when used properly by an attentive driver who is prepared to take control at all times.”MORE NEWS: San Francisco Digital Payment Company Square to Buy Afterpay in $29 Billion Deal
Tesla faces a similar lawsuit for a driver’s death in a Model X crash in Santa Clara County.