Tesla Will Repair Model S Crash Damage To Car Owned By Good Samaritan

Tesla will reward a Good Samaritan in Germany by paying to repair his Model S after it was damaged in a daring highway rescue. While driving his Model S on the Autobahn near Munich, Germany, this week, Manfred Kick noticed a Volkswagen Passat driving erratically as it bounced repeatedly off the guardrail. Pulling alongside, Kick could see the driver appeared lifeless, his head and arms hanging limply as the car sped along.

Kick drove ahead of the Passat and positioned his Tesla so the Volkswagen would run into it. Then he braked repeatedly until both cars came to a halt. Kick then administered first aid to the crippled driver, who was later transported to a local hospital by rescue workers. He apparently suffered a stroke while driving and is reported to be recovering.

Damage to both cars caused by the emergency maneuver was estimated by authorities to be in excess of $10,000. Shortly after the story broke, Elon Musk read about it on Jalopnik. He took to Twitter to announce that Tesla would pay the cost of repairing Kick’s Model S in full and would see that the repair work was completed promptly.

The story is a happy counterpoint to Musk’s considerably less charitable response to a worker at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California who took to social media last week to complain about working conditions on the assembly line. Musk fired back that the man, José Moran, was obviously a UAW stooge who was actually employed by the union to stir up unrest among Tesla’s workforce and not really an employee of Tesla. Turns out Musk was wrong. Moran has worked for the company for 4½ years.

Moran said he had grown tired of the mandatory overtime and grueling work schedule. He also objected to being forced by the company to sign a confidentiality agreement he felt was meant to squelch any union organizing tactics. Musk told Gizmodo, “I’m doing an investigation right now. Fremont production management was in poor shape and not able to scale about a year ago. I think we’ve made a lot of progress since then. If there are areas that you are hearing are still not great, I would love to hear feedback on that.”

Musk promised to reveal the findings of his inquiry within a few days, which hardly seems like enough time to do a thorough investigation. He also couldn’t resist taking another shot at Moran. On the subject of the confidentiality agreement, which Musk claims is designed to prevent trade secrets getting into the hands of competitors and is not aimed at stifling union activities, he chirped, it “obviously hasn’t prevented that UAW guy from publishing that BS piece.” Musk may be the real life Tony Stark, but working for him may not exactly be a bed of roses.

Source: Teslarati | Photo via Twitter


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