Brian Morrison of Glasgow, Scotland claimed his 30,000 pound ($36,700) Chinese-made MG ZS suddenly accelerated to 30 miles per hour when he was heading back home from work on the night of Oct. 1. He found himself unable to use the brakes or regain control of the vehicle. So, he was forced to navigate through traffic, red lights and roundabouts without slowing down.
"I realized something was wrong when I was coming up to a roundabout and went to slow down but it failed to do so. Then I heard a loud grinding noise that sounded like brake pads. Because it was such a new car I knew it couldn't be a problem with them," Morrison said. (Related: Self-driving cars are causing traffic incidents all over San Francisco.)
With no other options, Morrison dialed emergency services and police were dispatched to assist him. As the EV continued to speed along, officers positioned their vehicles in front and behind Morrison's car. The situation became increasingly desperate and Morrison feared for his life as he helplessly drove down the road.
Describing the ordeal, Morrison said: "It might not sound like it is very fast, but when you have no control over the speed and you're completely stuck inside, it's terrifying." He even called his wife in a panic to alert her and ask for help in warning other drivers.
Eventually, the police had to resort to having Morrison deliberately drive into the back of their van to bring the vehicle to a stop. The car's dashboard displayed multiple faults before showing a message advising Morrison to "drive safely, stop driving immediately."
"We have been urgently trying to make contact with Mr. Morrison so that his vehicle can be fully inspected by our engineering team. We take this matter very seriously, and now that contact has been made, we will be making every effort to resolve matters quickly and comprehensively for him," stated MG Motor UK, the manufacturer of the EV.
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