‘Aladdin’ star sues Tesla after he claims wheel flew off car
It would seem Aladdin has more on his mind lately than foiling the villainous Jafar.
According to a report from TMZ, star actor Mena Massoud is instead busy taking legal action against Tesla, claiming the car company is at fault for a crash last year.
The entertainment website reports that Massoud alleges the right-front wheel of his then-new Tesla Model 3 suddenly “crumpled” and flew off the car.
This, he says, caused him to lose control and hammer the formerly useful electric sedan into a particularly stout tree along the edge of Hollywood Boulevard.
Pictures posted by TMZ show a wrecked Model 3 crumpled up like a discarded chip bag, and a destroyed wheel & tire assembly. Now, unless our eyes deceive us, that assembly includes a brake caliper and various front suspension parts, all of which are rare to just shear off a car without warning.
Keyboard warriors are quick to lay blame in both directions, with some spouting their belief Teslas are poorly made and others thinking there’s no way a wheel and tire combination spontaneously abandons the car onto which it was bolted.
At this point, it would appear that it’s up to the courts to figure that one out. There is no mention if Autopilot was engaged.
The lawyer cited by TMZ as representing Massoud, Kevin K. Javidzad, is listed as working for the offices of Colony Law in Los Angeles. His practice focuses on, among other things, personal injury matters.
For its part, Tesla has been cranking up production of its volume model in the months since Massoud bought his car in September. With the new Model Y scheduled to roll off assembly lines and the flagship Model S sedan due for an interior restyle, Tesla has its hands quite full.
(Image from TMZ)