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Tesla Safety at Center of South Korean Trial Over Fiery, Fatal Crash

SEOUL—In an upscale Seoul neighborhood two years ago, a white Tesla Model X smashed into a parking lot wall. The fiery crash killed a prominent lawyer—a close friend of South Korea’s president.
Prosecutors have charged the driver with involuntary manslaughter. He blames Tesla.
Choi Woan-jong, who had eked out a living by driving drunk people home in their own cars, says the Model X sped out of control on its own and that the brakes failed in the December 2020 accident.
The criminal trial about to begin in South Korea hangs on questions about the safety of Tesla cars, at a time when the electric vehicle maker faces a range of lawsuits and increased scrutiny by regulators….

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