"Ensuring that drivers remain engaged and prevented with the use of the autopilot, is extremely important".
On Twitter, co-founder Elon Musk said it was "super messed up" that the incident was garnering public attention, while thousands of accidents involving traditional automobiles "get nearly no coverage".
He tweeted: "It's super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the (approximately) 40 000 people who died in U.S. auto accidents alone in past year get nearly no coverage". Put simply, Tesla doesn't have much time left to prove that it's capable of sufficiently ramping up production on the Model 3.
The brigade reportedly pulled the comment from its Facebook page, later adding that an investigation was underway and declined to comment further.
Lithium-ion batteries can have a sudden and unstoppable increase in temperature in a chain reaction that leads to the complete destruction of the batteries and the auto, fire safety expert Guido Zaccarelli wrote in an article quoted in the firefighters' deleted post.
Sam Winkler said the driver told police she was looking for an alternate route on her phone in the moments before the crash and only looked up just before impact. The driver of the fire truck suffered whiplash and was not taken to a hospital.
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The veteran Morgan Stanley analyst likely became a little more pessimistic about Tesla shortly after CEO Elon Musk issued an unusual earnings call May 3 that dismissed concerns about the company's business problems.
The 48-year-old died when his Tesla caught fire after he slammed into a crash barrier on the A2 motorway in southern Ticino. Winkler said they expect to see a report back from Tesla in a matter of days.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was not investigating the Utah crash.
Two 18-year-olds were trapped in the vehicle and killed in the flames.
In April, Musk was asked by "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King, "what's the goal of having autopilot if you still have to put your hands on the wheel?"
A USA traffic safety regulator on May 2 contradicted Tesla's claim that the agency had found that its Autopilot technology significantly reduced crashes.