Tesla is allegedly suing two of their ex-customers for defamation over negative comments which the previous owners have made about the company in China.
As per the present development, the company is suing Han Chao, a former Tesla owner, for defamation over critical posts he made on the social media.
The company wrote in a complaint, "Han has been spreading his words through a series of online and offline actions leading the public to have a negative impression of Tesla, causing damage to the company's reputation."
The former Tesla owner's issues stated with the EV company after he bought a used Tesla Model S directly from the company in May 2019.
The company had reportedly listed the car as having "no major accidents, no structural damage and had never been in a fire or flood".
After few months, the vehicle shut down while driving. Han wanted a new car as replacement, but Tesla only offered to replace the malfunctioning parts of the car. Han then had the vehicle evaluated by a third party who found significant evidence that the entire C-pillar of the car had been replaced, which would directly contradict Tesla's previous statement. The area described as C Pillar is the third roof pillar of the car. These pillars are named alphabetically by order of their placement from front to back of the car.
The customer then decided to sue the company over the issue, and he won the compensation of $155,000 as the court also sided with him.
As the customer continued to make negative comments about his experience with Tesla on social media, the EV company has now decided to fight back against those comments through this new defamation lawsuit.
Tesla seeks a defamation amount up to $650,000 and demands an apology.
Also, Tesla is reportedly suing for defamation Zhang Yazhou, the daughter of a Tesla owner who was involved in an accident and she blamed on the company.