Tesla Crashes Into Southern California Pool With 3 People Inside

Elon Musk once announced that the Cybertruck would be waterproof enough that it could cross rivers to act as a lifeboat. It’s too bad that idea wasn’t passed on to the other, as one crashed into a swimming pool at their Pasadena, Calif., residence on Tuesday.

The Tesla driver hit the wrong pedal and ended up in the pool

Tesla submerged in a swimming pool. | Pasadena Fire Department

It reported that a driver “apparently slammed the accelerator pedal, instead of the brake, sending a car through the wall and into the pool.” The accident occurred on the 700 lot of West California Blvd around 9 a.m. Tuesday.

He once reported on an owner who approached Gruber Motor with a crazy idea: to make the Model S Plaid submarine-level waterproof.

The company went to work to insulate the outer conductors, intake ports, and any other areas through which water could seep. The goal was to drive a Tesla Model S Plaid through a man-made pool measuring 90 feet long and six feet deep. The car was also loaded with 2,000 pounds of lead for ballast and of course a driver in a suit.

Did you succeed? No. But the car floated across the puddle quite well. It even sounded like comic blasphemy at one point. But alas, it had to be withdrawn in the end.

Teslas aren’t waterproof, but they can get through a car wash

Back corner view of a blue Tesla Model 3, highlighting why it's called the 3 and the connection to Elon Musk and the S3XY
Tesla Model 3 | Tesla

Although Teslas are obviously not waterproof when it comes to being submerged in a puddle of water, they can be washed. If you own a Tesla, just remember to use the car, lock it, and put it in “car wash mode” per Tesla’s instructions. Failure to comply with these rules may result in vehicle damage.

However, if you can hand wash the car, even better. Just remember not to wash the car in direct sunlight and not to use harsh detergents. We recommend using the two bucket method and products from, if possible.

Otherwise, keep in mind that your Tesla isn’t waterproof, despite what anyone might say. Also, pay close attention when driving; It can sometimes be easy to confuse the accelerator pedal with the brake pedal. We’re just glad the occupants of the Tesla got out of the car safely.

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