People busy lifting and doing other gym-related things at Anytime Fitness in Pasco County, Florida received quite a surprise last weekend. One patron was stepping off a treadmill when right in front of him, a Tesla Model X smashed through the wall.
The CCTV footage you see in the news report above actually shows the second wall the Tesla ploughed through. The car was first crashed into an empty unit which until recently was occupied by a karate school.
According to ABC Action News, the driver - who was not breathalysed at the scene - told investigators “she was trying to brake but her Tesla accelerated instead.” Sounds an awful lot like pedal confusion, and sure enough, a statement from Tesla seems to confirm this:
“We investigate the vehicle diagnostic logs in every accident in which a driver claims their car ‘suddenly’ and ‘unexpectedly’ accelerated, and in every case the vehicle’s diagnostic logs confirm that the vehicle operated as designed. Accidents involving ‘pedal misapplication,’ in which a driver presses the accelerator pedal by mistake, occur in all types of vehicles, not just Teslas. The accelerator pedals in Tesla vehicles have two redundant sensors that clearly show us when the pedal is physically pressed down, such as by the driver’s foot.”
Thankfully, neither the driver nor any bystanders were injured in this bizarre crash.
Sources: ABC Action News, ABC 15