After a serious accident in Bloomington, a Tesla Model X owner thanked the company for keeping his family safe
Despite having formed a cult over a period of 10 years, Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) has seen a lot of criticism from vehicle owners in recent months, mostly due to accidents related to its Autopilot, which is in a beta phase. However, a Tesla Model X owner, Jonathan Braman, who is an orthopedic surgeon by profession, applauded the automaker after he went through an accident this past weekend, according to Electrek.
Mr. Braman’s entire family of six members along with a dog was traveling in the all-electric SUV in Bloomington, MN, and the vehicle was hit by a GMC truck which was driving at a speed of over 45 mph. Fortunately, the crash did not lead to any series injury. He appreciated Tesla CEO Elon Musk for designing a car which kept his family safe through the accident.
The owner was turning his four month old Model X on a green signal from East Bush Lake Road to Interstate 494 in the city. He even made sure that no vehicle was coming from the other side of the road, as the red light was on at the opposite side.
Nevertheless, a GMC Yokon truck broke the signal and crashed into the SUV’s fender on the passenger side, after Mr. Brama took the turn. Considering the distance that the truck traveled the same instance in which the owner foresaw the impact, he believes that the Yokon was speeding at over 45 mph.
The efficient airbag deployment in the falcon-wing-door vehicle gave a pleasant surprise to Mr. Braham, as it covered the whole passenger compartment, as well as the full windshield that goes way over the front-row seats. Despite such a heavy collision leading to a complete rip-off of the front end, the Model X hardly moved from its position. Mr. Braman believes if he would have been driving the truck, it would have possibly rolled over after the accident, as both the vehicles weigh almost the same; however, the Yokon is much heavier than Tesla’s SUV.
He was also content with the company’s customer service after the crash. Mr. Braman said that he received a call from Tesla five minutes after the crash took place, confirming the company’s claim that it contacts an owner if the airbag of its vehicles are deployed.
Even his local Tesla technician reached out to him, despite being on vacation. Mr. Braham shared a status on Facebook: “Thank you Tesla Team for our lives and our safety.” In a telephone interview with Electrek he said: “I want my family back in a Tesla.” Mr. Braman is an EV enthusiast and a Tesla fan who has been driving Tesla Roadster since 2010 and reserved the Model X for his wife in 2012, implying that he waited about four years for his SUV.