It’s official: Tesla makes some of the least safe or reliable cars

Feynman participated in the commission investigating the causes of the Challenger disaster. He harshly criticized a decision-making process used to launch in the face of warnings from engineers who knew the system best. Previous missions had evidence of joints between the sections of the solid rocket boosters escaping hot gasses, with a worse problem in cold weather. Expert recommendations to postpone the launch were ignored.

Tesla promised bulletproof glass. Then their chief designer Franz von Holzhausen gently threw a small metal ball as a demonstration… and smashed it. Tesla also said this model would arrive “late 2021”; it’s now November and delivery hasn’t yet started.

I’ve written far too many times on this blog already about the abysmal engineering management practices of Tesla.

It really is an example of how not to run a company, given its atrocious safety record and sub-par quality compared to other brands.

Explanations are very easy to come by… for one thing the CEO is a serial liar. A complete lack of integrity is always bad for quality control.

Second, consider that the CEO repeatedly flaunts and ignores science. He recently sent an email to all workers that distractions should be enjoyed even when they affect focus on safety.

An associate just sent me a note asking if we could have one ear bud for music so the other ear can listen for safety-related issues. That sounds fine to me.

What problem do you think the CEO is trying to solve here?

OSHA smacked down this line of thinking in 2020…

The reason for not allowing employees to listen to music while working should be crystal clear, OSHA says. “Listening to music may produce a safety hazard by masking environmental sounds that need to be heard…” […] Even in the absence of a specific regulation regarding use of headphones, employers still could face enforcement actions if OSHA finds that they have violated the General Duties Clause, which requires all employers to maintain safe workplaces. “The key takeaway from the letter is that employers must address employee use of headphones to listen to music on the worksite, even if there is not a specific OSHA standard prohibiting it…”

You should probably read the CEO email as thumbing his nose at OSHA (“Tesla Had 3 Times as Many OSHA Violations as the 10 Largest US Plants Combined”).

It’s subtle encouragement to flaunt safety to juice the rate of vehicles made while ignoring more safety-related issues. The only problem the CEO really seems to care about is preventing slow down in production, nothing else. He has literally said a trip in one of his vehicles should be marketed as something that will isolate and then kill you (“risk of fatality will be high“) like a trip backwards into South African apartheid.

Musk has used the medium of dreaming and exploration to wrap up a package of entitlement, greed, and ego. He has no longing for scientific discovery, no desire to understand…

That means measuring only raw numbers shipped, regardless of harms to workers or consumers, because that means easy thoughtless profits short term while totally overlooking long-term fundamentals like recalls, deaths and all the reality of problems engineers are meant to care about solving.

Hint: Tesla’s deaths are astronomically higher than other vehicles.

Source: tesladeaths.com

Their newest model is literally killing an unheard of average of 30 people per year! (Pinto infamously destroyed Ford’s brand with just 27 deaths total).

Well, allow me to step aside now as Consumer Reports officially declares Tesla bottom of the pile.

Tesla’s Model S, Model Y, and Model X all got below-average reliability scores…. Tesla’s quality issues have been well-documented over the years as the company has raced — perhaps too quickly at times — to accelerate production and deliver more vehicles.

Consumer Reports also dropped a hammer on those trying to gin up weak excuses.

“There’s no reason fully electric cars can’t be as reliable or even more reliable than traditional vehicles with internal combustion engines,” Fisher said. “It’s how they implement the technology.” Electric drivetrains weren’t the problem. Instead, Fisher blamed unnecessary high-tech bells and whistles. “For EV introductions, there is a tendency to just add so much tech that is not necessary,” Fisher said.

That’s a subtle criticism of the fact that Tesla focuses almost entirely on tech that is not necessary, and not at all on real engineering issues.

…the firmware is now competing with logs for space on the eMMC… definitely some kind of oversight in general that was missed in the engineering… newer cars are at higher risk of [media control unit] problems than the older ones… every MCUv1 has high probability of failure.

To put it another way, Tesla makes a lot of unnecessarily dumb engineering mistakes and isn’t very good at solving problems.

It’s unclear whether they will get the falcon wing doors right ever.

Consumer Reports even emphasized that the hardest engineering is being done by other brands and yet producing the most reliable and safest cars, further driving home the rudimentary failures of Tesla.

“What stood out is that the most reliable was actually compact hybrids and plug-in hybrids,” Fisher said. “This may be counterintuitive. They are probably the most complex when it comes to the powertrain.”

Tesla is, to put it simply, a dangerous scam.

The car is not only dangerous to workers and customers, though; it’s dangerous to anyone in or around a Tesla.

It’s easy to find numerous examples of the even the latest Tesla software failing to avoid oncoming traffic (failing to navigate turns, failing to stay in lane), which foreshadows tragic news like this November 7, 2021 crash in Florida:

Police say around 7:30 a.m., Philip Henkin, 58, was driving his Tesla northbound in the southbound lane of Lizards Tail Road near Park Center Drive at a high rate of speed. While Henkin was steering along a curve, officers say he hit a bicyclist head-on before crashing into a tree.

And that comes not long after a September 14, 2021 crash in Florida:

Coral Gables police Officer Kelly Denham said the driver of the Tesla crashed the car into a tree. Cellphone video taken after the crash shows the vehicle engulfed in flames. Denham confirmed that two people inside the car were killed.

And that comes not long after a September 4, 2021 crash in Florida:

…heading north on Manning Road in a 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid at a high speed when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign…hit the embankment while going through the intersection, launching the car in the air before it crashed into a house on Caird Way, going through the home’s exterior rear walls. […] The FHP said the car hit and killed one of the three residents at the home, a 69-year-old woman.

Killed a cyclist on the opposite side of the road. Killed a passenger. Killed a woman sitting in her home….

Here’s a simple graph I made months ago to illustrate how tragic stories like this keep piling up more and more under the Tesla brand.

Source: tesladeaths.com

To be clear, other brands had the safest records in history, improving at the same time that Tesla’s record is getting worse and worse.

A GM electric car sold 150K units and averaged a death rate of less than ONE person each year over a decade (again, I must reiterate that Tesla’s newest model in just its first three years has been killing an average of 30 people each year).

Volvo continues to speak about a goal of ZERO deaths even while selling more cars than Tesla and switching their fleet to electric. Tesla is like night compared to the sunlight of other car manufacturers.

So here is what the Tesla graph looks like today (each bar updates as more and more news reports are found, even from past years).

Source: tesladeaths.com

Nature cannot be fooled. Tesla is a scam.

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