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Tesla Model 3 auto explodes after hitting truck in Moscow

13 August 2019

The shocking video comes after previous crashes involving cars with autopilot.

A Tesla Model 3 on Autopilot caught fire and exploded over the weekend after colliding with a tow truck in Moscow.

Russian businessman Alexey Tretyakov, along with his two children were present in the auto, who were all severely injured, the Electrek reported on Sunday. This isn't the first Tesla vehicle to crash, burst into flames, or explode - but this is one of the downsides to battery-based vehicles.

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The Tesla Model 3 crashed on a ring road outside Moscow in Russian Federation on August 10, according to reports.

Tesla has long stood by safety claims for its electric vehicles, repeatedly reminding owners that Autopilot is "intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any time".

However, the company also says its automatic emergency breaking feature is "designed to automatically engage the brakes to reduce the impact of an unavoidable frontal collision".

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A Tesla vehicle rammed into a tow truck in Moscow, Russian broadcaster Zvezda reported on Sunday, publishing footage of the incident. Seconds later, another explosion occurs. The Tesla driver stated that he failed to see the two truck before colliding directly with it.

He said: "I was going along Moscow Ring road in the left lane with a speed of 100kph (62mph) and did not notice a parked GAZelle tow truck".

Joe Young, media relations associate for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), demonstrates a front crash prevention test on a 2018 Tesla Model 3 at the IIHS-HLDI Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, Virginia, U.S., July 22, 2019.

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In response to the release of the documents, Tesla defended the Model 3 safety claims, arguing that they were based on the NHTSA's data.

Tesla Model 3 auto explodes after hitting truck in Moscow