Tesla vehicles are held, in the popular imagination, to be exceedingly safe. Tesla CEO Elon Musk frequently cites statistics that seem to support that notion. In early 2018, we began a crowd-sourced list of fatal accidents involving Teslas, so that quantitatively-minded investigators could test Musk’s claims against reality. We first published this data in May 2018. Several months later, the data contributed to this exhaustive analysis, which find’s Musk’s claims to be wholly without foundation.
Because we rely on submissions from the public, this list is unlikely to be complete, particularly for deaths occurring in non English-speaking territories.