Tesla’s Driver Fatality Rate is more than Triple that of Luxury Cars (and likely even higher)

Musk holding a Solar Roof tile in the “solar neighborhood,” with the “solar house” with an installed Solar Roof and two Tesla vehicles in the driveway. Long after Tesla shareholders voted to approve the SolarCity acquisition, we learned that the solar panels were non-functional props.
Large luxury cars are nearly as safe as houses. Just 8 driver deaths in 1.2 million vehicle years.
All luxury cars are pretty safe. Just 13 driver deaths per million years (confidence interval 9–18).
German luxury cars appear slightly safer than the luxury car group, on the whole.
The NHTSA-FARS code for Tesla. Just choose (29) Other domestic manufacturers. It’s easy to imagine the local people entering this data at hundreds of thousands of disparate localities struggling here. Wrong ways to code a Tesla include leaving the field blank (-1), or choosing (69) other import, (97) not reported, (98) other make, or (99) unknown make.
A sample of make codes for other cars; very simple in comparison to Tesla.
California SWITRS data for Tesla is largely missing. Above: known Tesla death (from news) with a model year but no make. Only one death out of the four publicly known before June 2015 is correctly recorded; there are none recorded from July 2015 to December 2016.
Total Tesla Model S and X vehicle years through December 31, 2016
Documented United States Tesla driver fatalities through December 31, 2016
Documented international Tesla driver fatalities through December 31, 2016
http://www.rrstar.com/news/20161124/osf-family-physican-dies-in-high-speed-crash
Tesla’s driver mortality rate of 41 per million vehicle years compares extremely unfavorably with the luxury car average of 13 per million and the German luxury car rate of 11 per million. The extended bars on the chart represent 95% confidence intervals.

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