Tesla Model X Smashes Into Gym, Driver Blames Unintended Acceleration

Tesla Model X Gym Accident

A Tesla Model X owner in Pasco County, Fla. drove through the wall of an empty storefront before crashing into the side of a gym last weekend, reports ABC 15. Luckily, no one was injured in the accident. The woman behind the wheel of the Model X stated that she pressed the brakes. But instead of slowing down, the car continued to accelerate.

ABC Action News received footage of the incident, which you can watch below. In the video, you can see how close the car came to hitting a gym member. An elderly man finishes working out on a treadmill and steps off of the machine. Just as he begins to walk away, the Model X comes crashing into the gym. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office released some images of the incident that are included in the gallery below.

Tesla Model X Gym Accident

The unidentified woman behind the wheel told authorities that she was entering the parking lot with the intention of going to the nearby nail salon when the Model X continued to accelerate despite the fact that she was stepping on the brakes. The outlet claims that local authorities did not conduct a sobriety test.

Unintended acceleration has happened before in a Model X

This isn’t the first time a Tesla has been blamed for unintended acceleration. Last January, the electric automaker denied responsibility in a lawsuit that alleged a Model X accelerated unexpectedly in an incident in Southern California.

Unintended acceleration can be a scary thing. You let off the gas pedal, but the car continues to accelerate full speed ahead without any input from you. That would terrify anyone. When it comes to cars accelerating on their own, Toyota’s issues immediately come to mind.

The Model X and Tesla’s Autopilot system have been under scrutiny recently, following the death of a driver in California that crashed into a barrier when the vehicle was in its autonomous mode.

Here’s what a Tesla spokesperson had to say about the incident:

“We take the safety of our customers very seriously and we’re glad our customer is safe. We investigate the vehicle diagnostic logs in every accident in which a driver claims their car “suddenly” and “unexpectedly” accelerated, and in every case the vehicle’s diagnostic logs confirm that the vehicle operated as designed. Accidents involving “pedal misapplication,” in which a driver presses the accelerator pedal by mistake, occur in all types of vehicles, not just Teslas. The accelerator pedals in Tesla vehicles have two redundant sensors that clearly show us when the pedal is physically pressed down, such as by the driver’s foot.”

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  • TrevP

    This seems to be a Tesla re-occurring thing.

    • G82FS

      In every case Tesla has proven that it was driver error, not vehicle failure, that caused the incident. It is just another example of people not taking responsibility for their own dumbfuckery.

      • TrevP

        While true, it seems to happen to Tesla’s more lately. That’s all I am saying.

        • smartacus

          you are not supposed to point out
          that it seems to happen to them more lately.
          That’s wrongthink. You know better than that
          Where is your fear, peasant?

        • Mynameis Taylor

          Maybe it doesn’t happen to “Teslas” more.. Maybe it’s only being reported because it’s a “Tesla”. There is a lot of hype around this car. Anything that happens it’s in the news. It’s not really re-occuring Tesla thing as it’s made to seem.

          • Six_Tymes

            Yes, that, and because more people are driving them.

      • smartacus

        very good point.
        toastla drivers are some of the
        least intelligent people out there

        • S3XY

          To be able to afford a Tesla, you definitely have to be of lower intelligence. Most Tesla owners still stock shelves at Vons. That’s how they’re able to afford their Tesla of course.

          • smartacus

            there’s a difference between money-hungry and intelligent.
            (in fact they rarely coexist in the same person)

            all those rappers, hip hop artists, NFL thugs got money too,
            but they aren’t exactly intelligent.

          • ChicagoBlah

            NFL thugs, haha

          • DantesLegions

            Tesla driver detected

      • Especially that it doesn’t seem to happen in Norway for example, where you have the most Tesla per capita. Looks like a US specialty.

        • dumblikeyou2

          Tesla is a US specialty, yes. You are correct. You’re welcome, Norway. Now go be weird.

    • tseventy6

      To me it’s more of an american re-occuring thing.
      Only place in the world this keeps happening throughout all makes and models is in the USA.

      • LJ

        This happens everywhere. Europeans, Russians and Indians drive live maniacs.

        • LeStori

          Certainly does. Usually with automatics from my experience. They crash through shop windowes, bounce across boeders separting car pars, slam into other cars as they rocket out driveways, even end up sitting on the fence near my house.

        • tseventy6

          They drive like idiots everywhere, true. But only, or mainly, in the US car accelerate by “themselves” and I’m not talking about autonomous cars….

      • Adilos Nave

        I’m embarrassed to be an American for many reasons (not hard to find these days), one of which is the supposed race to be the absolute dumbest group of people on earth. Here is yet another example of that. Unintended acceleration, my ass. 99.99% positive she pressed on the gas pedal instead of brake. Are two gigantic pedals really that awful difficult to manage?

        • LJ

          We’re embarrassed to have you. Grow a spine.

          • smartacus


          • Adilos Nave

            And you’re proud of our country full of friggin’ idiots? Have you ever even left the continent?

          • LJ

            Actually, yes, I have. Just got back from visiting Germany and Austria last week.

            And every country has their share of idiots.

            You sound like a person who is scared to death of what other people think about you.

          • S3XY

            I just got back from Dubai last week. But that’s a lie. So how do we know you’re not just lying to one up him in response to his question of you not leaving the continent just to try to appear cool in this little digital comment section on Carscoops?

          • LJ

            I couldn’t care less if you believe me or not.

          • DantesLegions

            shut up already LJ

          • LJ

            Such an intelligent comment, you had to post it twice.

          • DantesLegions

            shut up already

          • Dirtdogger

            Its earth there will always be good / bad or dumb / smart and its all a matter of ones perception right?

        • S3XY

          The pedals in the Tesla are closer together than in most cars. Instant torque when the accelerator is pressed fully to the ground. The driver most likely slammed the accelerator instead of the brake.

          This has happened before, funny because it happened at yet another gym. Having a Tesla, only way for this to happen is to not be 100% aware. Therefore, driver was not paying 100% attention.

    • S3XY

      Too much torque.

  • LJ

    I’d claim “unintended acceleration” too if my dumbass hit the gas instead of the brake, and drove through a building.

    • LWOAP

      I’d just pin the blame on the autopilot.

  • pcurve

    so.. the car just ignores sensors and allow driver to plow through?

    • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

      I think the sensors detect whether or not the pedals are pushed down. This isn’t that one Mercedes commercial where the cars refused to touch anything

    • S3XY

      The sensors are loud annoying beeping alerts. They do not prevent the vehicle from accelerating.

  • JGreen

    Maybe she was on her phone too. She was holding it as she got out.


    And just as I suspected, it was in Florida.

  • smartacus

    My God, these toastla deathtraps need to be banned immediately!!!
    To think they banned sandrails and beach buggies in some states!!
    I never saw a sandrail slam into a gym or a guardrail or a firetruck!!

    • Adilos Nave

      What’s a sandrail?

      • smartacus

        that’s quite embarrassing for an American not to know

  • smartacus

    i WOULD jump to conclusions,
    this is not the first time something
    EXACTLY like this has happened.

  • no25

    *waits patiently for that guy with account name S3XY to come comment as to why it was not Tesla’s fault in any way and then like his own comment*

    • DantesLegions

      lol. I know right? some people have no lives.

  • TrevP

    Let me clarify. What I have NOTICED is that this is happening to people who happen to be driving Tesla’s more often than other vehicles. It is an observation.

  • Dirtdogger

    Whats amazing is not from the photos, is there was a right turn involved as well, nice

  • Dirtdogger

    Whats amazing, seems from the photos, there was a right turn involved as well, nice

  • marioGTI

    I don’t give a flying f&@K about autonomy, I take control of my vehicle. Over 25 years of heavy and long daily commute with zero accidents. I can only blame myself for that 🙂

  • FunctionForm

    Unintended acceleration. Right. I can’t handle the power of my Tesla and accelerated unintentionally through the side of the building.

  • Six_Tymes

    Opps, another one steps on the accelerator and not the break peddle.

  • Carenthusiast

    Auto pilot set to ‘nearest gym’ and within few minutes ‘your destination has arrived, please start your warm up exs’!

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