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Edwards v. Tesla, Inc.

Status Current Case

Practice area Unsafe & Defective Products Complex Tort Litigation

Court Superior Court of the State of California, County of Alameda

Case number RG20065951


On June 25, 2020, Cohen Milstein’s Theodore J. Leopold, Leslie M. Kroeger, and Poorad Razavi filed a product liability lawsuit against Tesla, Inc. on behalf of Kristian and Jason Edwards. Ms. Edwards sustained catastrophic injuries as a result of the failure of the airbags to deploy in her Tesla Model 3 during an accident.

Case Background

In July 2019, the Edwards were traveling on I-95 in Cecil County, Maryland, when their Tesla Model 3 was struck by another vehicle on its passenger side.

During the accident, the Model 3’s airbags failed to deploy. Ms. Edwards, who was a properly seated, fully restrained front seat passenger, suffered catastrophic injuries, including serious brain injuries.

Plaintiffs allege that Tesla, Inc. sold the Model 3 with an inherently defective and unreasonably designed airbag and seat belt restraint system, despite the company’s numerous claims in advertising and marketing materials that there is no safer car in the world than a Tesla.

Cohen Milstein is investigating the dangers associated with Tesla’s decision to substitute aluminum in place of steel for the Tesla doors.