Tesla claims automatic car door ripped off by truck was caused by owner

Staff writer

A disgruntled Australian Tesla owner has hit out at the company for an incident that happened with his car. Dr Sam Kovac claims the car's nearside door opened by itself directly into oncoming traffic – causing it to be ripped off by a passing truck. However, Tesla says the incident was the owner's fault.

Dr Kovac says both himself and the car's keyfob were 25 metres away from the car, in the veterinary clinic where he works. CCTV cameras caught the moment that the car's doors opened and a passing truck slammed into the driver's door, tearing it clean off.