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More Instances of Airborne Teslas Leave Two Injured in Kearny Mesa

J. Maginot

The San Diego Fire Department Responded to a Tesla That Had Landed On Top of an Ambulance in Kearny Mesa Office Park.

San Diego Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a white Tesla Model 3 sitting atop an ambulance at Falck headquarters in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood of San Diego early Wednesday morning.

While no one was in the ambulance at the time of the accident, there were two minor injuries reported. The driver, who was reported to have possible broken ribs, and a child passenger was reported to have a nosebleed.

Crews had to stabilize the vehicle before the occupants could be transported to a local area hospital.

Teslas in The News

This is the latest in a series of reckless driving and accidents for the all-electric car manufacturer.

As far back as 2018, Tesla settled a class-action lawsuit that alleged its "autopilot" feature was manifestly unsafe and posed a danger to other motorists.

In 2020, nearly two years to the day after settling the previous lawsuit, Tesla was in court again, facing a lawsuit over a pedestrian death in Northern California. The Autopilot feature was once again the alleged culprit.

Tesla's Autopilot Feature Explained

The Autopilot feature uses cameras and ultra-sonic sensors to detect features on the road. The system is designed to give a driver "enhanced" awareness of the driving environment. Tesla insists the Autopilot feature is not the same as their "Self-Driving" feature, and should not be used without or in lieu of a driver.

Autopilot is a hands-on driver assistance system that is intended to be used only with a fully attentive driver. It does not turn a Tesla into a self-driving car nor does it make a car autonomous.
- Tesla's Website

San Diego Fire has not released a cause of the Kearny Mesa wreck on Wednesday, but the Autopilot feature will certainly be of interest to investigators.

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