Dr. Omar Awan was burnt to death when his Tesla crashed because of the electronic door malfunction making it impossible for the rescuers to reach him resulting in his death back in February of 2019.
Now the family of a 48-year-old doctor has come forward and filed a lawsuit against the electronic car manufacturer company
Tesla stating that Dr. Awan died because the electronic door handle of the car did not pop out making it impossible for the rescuers to save him from blazing fire.
The doctor was driving a Model of Tesla on the South Flamingo Road in the Broward County of Florida.
The family states that Dr. Awan initially survived the first impact but he was later burnt to ashes while inhaling the smoke which caused his death as the door handles of the electronic car did not work at the moment of crisis.
According to the company, the electric vehicle has special door handles which are sitting flushed out on the body of the car. While the car is moving, they retract but they are supposed to pop out when the car is in a stationary position to let people come inside. In this case, the handles did not pop out.
At the scene of the crash, when rescuers tried to reach the doctor, the handles had not popped out and they were unable to get an entry into the car.
The lawsuit was filed by the family of Dr. Awan claiming that the Tesla car Model S of 2016 was faulty as none of the rescue mechanisms of the car worked.
The car was speeding at 79mph at the time of the crash and he was also found to be driving over the drink-drive limit.
Spokespersons of Tesla have refused to take the blame for the death of the doctor stating that the car was not faulty and the doctor was responsible for his own death.
But the family claims that his life could have been saved if the handles of the door were functioning properly.
The lawsuit also claims that apart from the “failed” door handles this specific model of the luxury car is unreasonably prone to fire risks.
‘Listen, these futuristic cars have benefits, but they also have high, high risks, and yes, death is one of them,’ his wife Lilliana stated in a recent interview. ‘Forget the technicalities of this, that, whatever…The bottom line is that he was alive.‘He could have been saved. He could have been here. He could have been with us, with his children,’ she continued. ‘He was only 48. We have little kids…this was the prime of his life.