VinFast Under Federal Investigation Over VF 8 Electric Vehicle Crash in California That Killed Family of Four

By Madz Dizon

May 20, 2024 10:59 PM EDT

VinFast Under Federal Investigation Over VF 8 Electric Vehicle Crash in California That Killed Family of Four
The Vingroup VinFast electric vehicle logo is displayed during AutoMobility LA ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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According to sources, the leading vehicle safety regulator in the US has initiated an official investigation into a tragic April crash.

The incident involved the VinFast VF8 SUV, an all-electric vehicle, and resulted in the devastating loss of a family of four. 

VinFast Under Federal Investigation

According to Reuters, an investigation will be conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into the circumstances surrounding the crash on April 24 and the resulting fire.

An agency complaint has been filed regarding a tragic crash that claimed the lives of a couple and their two young children, aged 13 and 9.

The complaint suggests that steering may have played a role in the incident.

Acording to Pleasanton Police, the driver involved in the single-vehicle accident seemed to have lost control and crashed into a large oak tree. It is possible that speed played a role in the incident.

According to the complaint submitted to NHTSA following the accident, the steering wheel unexpectedly veered in the correct direction, but the driver managed to regain control. According to local media, the police have stated that the car does not belong to the family.

The victims, identified by the Alameda County Sheriff's Department as Tarun and Rincy George, along with their two children.

Shortly after the crash occurred, a complaint was filed with the NHTSA detailing how the owner had lent the electric vehicle to a colleague.

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VF8 SUV Shipment Rolled Out

According to the complaint, the owner claimed to have encountered a situation where the car's lane assist feature abruptly steered the vehicle to the right.

The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed to TechCrunch on Monday that no investigation has been initiated regarding the crash.

VinFast, the Vietnamese electric vehicle manufacturer, has commenced the shipment of its VF8 SUV to the United States, with deliveries beginning in early 2023. The rollout has been far from successful.

The company faced harsh criticism from reviewers due to its subpar quality. In May 2023, a recall was issued due to issues with the dashboard screen going blank.

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