Quirky Model 3 accident puts the 'brake failure' mantra that Tesla took a Chinese man to court for in perspective
Tesla China is of the opinion that the "brake failure" reports about the company's electric cars have become so frivolous, that it had to take a local driver to court for his claims that the crash he was engaged in was somehow the fault of Tesla's self-driving abilities. Tesla won the case and the driver issued an apology that he had concocted the whole story out of whole cloth in order to escape repercussions.
Still, a previous accident with a drunk Tesla driver was blamed on the car, too, while a recent deadly self-acceleration crash was chalked off to a brake failure by the driver as well. There have even been "Tesla brake failure" protests at auto expos, indicating that the blame on the Autopilot feature has grown into somewhat of an urban myth in China already.
These may have prompted a Tesla Model 3 owner there to slap a self-deprecating bumper sticker reading "Brake Failure, do not approach" or something in that vein on the rear of their electric car. Strangely enough, that same Model 3 was cut off by a driver in a green MG6 who had a Tesla-trolling bumper sticker of their own that poked fun at the urban legends around its "brake failure" accidents.
The MG6's sticker mocks Tesla drivers by saying "to avoid bumper-to-bumper collision as result of a brake failure, honored Tesla owner please overtake" or some such, yet he was precisely the one who couldn't make the maneuver in time, touched the Tesla, crashed and flipped the car on its roof.
While the MG6 was totaled, the Model 3 escaped with barely a scratch and the funny sticker on proud display. The MG6 owner apparently had an ax to grind with Tesla's vehicles, so they may have deliberately decided to make a dangerous overtaking, putting the two "brake failure" bumper stickers in perspective.
Netizens say this is the funniest car accident in China: a Model 3 with a self-deprecating brake-failure sticker crashed into an MG6 with a sticker mocking Tesla's brake-failure, and the MG6 flipped over with little damage to the Tesla. pic.twitter.com/GZ4MwRz91d— Yan Chang (@cyfoxcat) November 17, 2022
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