Tesla strikes back against Lemon Law King over Model S dispute

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Tesla Motors

Vince Megna and Tesla Model S

When we asked Tesla Motors for a statement on the lawsuit filed by the “King of Lemon Laws” the other day, the company told us that it does not comment on pending litigation. Fair enough. That’s a standard response. But the company has since felt the need to comment on the issue using its own company blog.

In a post called “When Life Gives You Lemons…,” the Tesla Motors Team called lawyer Vince Megna (indirectly) an “opportunistic lawyer” and basically called him a liar. To wit: “… there are factual inaccuracies in the lawyer’s story.” Tesla says that the three claimed incidents when the Model S owner in question asked the automaker to buy the car back did not happen (Tesla acknowledges it happening once). And then the company basically says the owner was breaking his car on purpose:

… the car’s fuse blew on three occasions. Each time, our engineers explored all possible explanations and were never able to find anything wrong with the car. Still, just to be sure, we replaced several parts that could have been related to the alleged problem – all at no expense to the customer. When the fuse kept blowing despite the new parts, and faced with no diagnosis showing anything wrong with the car, the engineers were moved to consider the possibility that the fuse had been tampered with. After investigating, they determined that the car’s front trunk had been opened immediately before the fuse failure on each of the three occasions. (The fuse is accessed through the front trunk.) Ultimately, Tesla service applied non-tamper tape to the fuse switch. From that point on, the fuse performed flawlessly.

We’ve got the entire response below, along with Megna’s response to Tesla’s statement. The key line: “There are companies, great companies run by Billionaires, that force consumers to give up their Freedom of Speech and Right to Trial by Jury just for the opportunity to buy an electric car.” You can watch Megna’s original video introducing the world to this case here.

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