Tesla Will Fix Model S Damaged in Daring Autobahn Rescue for Free

Tesla Model S Stops Runaway Car

Electric car maker Telsa has volunteered to pay for damages to a Model S that occurred earlier this week when an owner used their car as a bumper to save a life.

According to German newspaper Muenchner Merkur, the driver of the Tesla Model S was driving on the A9 Autobahn near Garching, Germany, just north of Munich. He saw a car moving erratically and when he moved alongside it saw that the driver was hanging limply in the car, unable to control the vehicle. Reports later suggest that the driver may have suffered from a stroke.

So Manfred Kick pulled his Model S in front of the Volkswagen Passat and braked gently until the vehicles touched. He then used his Tesla to slow both cars to a stop and called emergency services. The unconscious driver of the Passat was taken to hospital, and was reported to be in stable condition.

This act of heroism may well have saved multiple lives, but it did come at a cost. Kick’s Tesla suffered around $14,000 in damages. Tesla CEO Elon Musk learned about the damages and has volunteered to have Tesla repair the car free of charge. After this, don’t be surprised to see Autopilot gain the ability to automatically take the driver to the hospital in future updates.


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Evan Williams

Evan Williams

Evan is based in Halifax, and has been a car nut for as long as anyone can remember. He autocrosses, does lapping days and TSD rallies, breaks cars and then fixes them again.
  • Rob Crawford

    Thats a true hero, and a truely great company that cares about people and not just money. Both heros in my book!

  • Donald Haines

    It is nice to see good behaviour recognized and particularly nice for Tesla/Musk to step in to see that such a selfless act does not financially harm the good Samaritan.

  • Dave Mathers

    Great story with great result.

  • Peter Toth

    Good move by the company. This will no doubt result in some very good will towards Tesla Motors.

  • Perry Buker

    Fix the VW as well and I will be impressed

  • David von Buchroeder

    well Volkwagens stellar reputation needs a boost but where is it…hiding as usual…