Tesla Hit With Lawsuit Claiming They Willingly Sold Defective Vehicles

Tesla is being hit with a lawsuit put forward by a former employee, who claims the company sold defective vehicles and fired him because he knew about it.

The former employee, Adam Williams, stated in the lawsuit that he was hired by Tesla in 2011, and during his employment he discovered the company failed to “disclose to consumers high-dollar, pre-delivery damage repairs” before transactions were complete. Believing the practice to be illegal, Williams approached his superiors — his direct superior Matt Farrell, a company vice president Jerome Guillen, and Lenny Peake, Tesla’s East Coast Regional Manager — on several occasions, yet Tesla took no actions to adjust what they were doing.

Instead, according to Williams, he was demoted. In early 2017, Brian Applegate, a Tesla director, demoted Williams from a regional manager to a service manager at the company’s Springfield, New Jersey location. Then in July 2017, Williams claims he was demoted again to mobile manager before ultimately being fired two months later.

Williams was informed that his employment was terminated due to his work performance. Instead, he is arguing that his performance met Tesla’s standards, and he was fired because he reported Tesla’s alleged illegal practices. Williams believes his actions are under protection of the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) — New Jersey’s “whistleblower act” that is meant to protect workers from their employer in the event that the employee chooses to report what they believe is illegal behavior.

In a statement circulated to outlets like The Verge and Business Insider, a Tesla representative stated Williams’s claims are “totally false,” and his termination and talk of selling of defective cars is “not how we do things at Tesla.” The representative went on to reiterate what Williams claims is untrue: that he was fired for performance reasons.

“It’s also at odds with the fact that we rank highest in customer satisfaction of any car brand, with more owners saying they’d buy a Tesla again than any other manufacturer,” said the Tesla representative.

While Tesla’s overall customer satisfaction seems to contradict part of Williams’ claims, it’s not yet clear what impact the lawsuit will have on the company’s future.

What’s more, this isn’t the first lawsuit Tesla’s been a part of. In 2016, Tesla settled with a Model X owner who sued the company over alleged design flaws; the company may attempt to similarly settle out of court with Williams, if only to quickly put the matter behind them before it becomes a bigger issue.

Dealing with Williams’s suit as soon as possible would allow Tesla to address its other challenges, including their continued financial losses. While it may come as a surprise to many, Tesla has seen more losses that profits since the company’s inception. In February 2018, Tesla reported that it ended 2017 with a $ 675 million loss.

Perhaps Tesla should be far more concerned with ending the next fiscal year in the black than bucking the claims of one New Jersey employee.

The post Tesla Hit With Lawsuit Claiming They Willingly Sold Defective Vehicles appeared first on Futurism.


Instagram is dissolving its global community team

Instagram is dissolving its Global Community Team, which worked to build deep ties with photographers and promote the service around the world, The Verge has learned. As part of a reorganization at the company, about 12 jobs currently located in cities around the world will be eliminated, with affected employees being offered jobs elsewhere at Instagram or at its parent company, Facebook.

The move was designed to eliminate duplicate efforts among some members of the team and consolidate the company’s marketing and communications efforts into a single team headquartered in Menlo Park, a former employee said.

“Focusing on our community is at the heart of everyone’s work at Instagram,” Instagram spokesman Gabe Madway told The Verge. “We…

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How to Use Accessibility Shortcut on iPhone X

How to Use Accessibility Shortcut on iPhone X

Accessibility Shortcut lets you easily turn on or off Accessibility features on your iOS device. Just triple-click the Home button on your device to access all the features you have enabled and then choose to select the one you want to use! But how do you use Accessibility Shortcut on iPhone X considering it doesn’t have the Home button?

On iPhone X, side button has been given the huge responsibility of handling multiple things. And, from what I have experienced so far, the button has lived up to the billing fairly well. Whether it’s activating Emergency SOS, authenticating payment, invoking Siri or triggering Accessibility Shortcut, side button is able to carry out the assigned tasks with good effect.

How to Use Accessibility Shortcut on iPhone X

How to Use Accessibility Shortcut on iPhone X

How to Enable Accessibility Shortcut on iPhone X

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone → Now, tap on General.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone X

Step #2. Next, tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Accessibility in iPhone X Settings

Step #3. Next, you need to scroll down and tap on Accessibility Shortcut.

Tap on Accessibility Shortcut on iPhone X

Step #4. Finally, you have to select the features you want to use.

Enable Accessibility Shortcut on iPhone X

There are several options like AssistiveTouch, Color Filters, Smart Invert Colors, etc.

How to Add Accessibility Shortcut to iPhone X Control Center

You can also add Accessibility Shortcut to Control Center to comfortably access it.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iPhone.

Step #2. Now, tap on Control Center.

Tap on Settings then Control Center on iPhone X

Step #3. Next, you need to tap on Customize Controls.

Tap on Customize Controls in iPhone X Settings

Step #4. Next, find Accessibility Shortcut and tap on the “+” button to the left of it to include it. Now, quit the settings.

Add Accessibility Shortcut to iPhone X Control Center

From now onwards, you can triple-click the side button to use Accessibility Shortcut. You can also swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to bring up CC and select it.

That’s pretty much it!

Over to you

Personally, I like Smart Invert a lot as it helps me use my device more comfortably at night. Apart from preventing the eyes from straining, it also saves some battery on the device. Which is your favorite Accessibility feature and why? Share your feedback in the comments.

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AirPods to get “Hey Siri” detection, water-resistance in future

The next generation of Apple’s popular AirPods will feature “Hey Siri” voice detection support, according to a report by Bloomberg. A subsequent model is also expected to bring water-resistance. The current AirPods model uses the W1 chipset and requires the use of a double tap gesture to invoke Siri. The next generation model will reportedly use a new version of this chipset, which will be able to detect the “Hey Siri” command without having to use the gesture, much like the iPhone or the HomePod. That is what’s expected this year. However, according to the report, the AirPods will…

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