He tweeted: "It's super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the (approximately) 40 000 people who died in United States auto accidents alone in past year get nearly no coverage".
Investors gave a rare rebuke to Musk after he cut off financial analysts on the earnings call, sending shares down 5 percent despite promises that Model 3 production was on track. The NTSB had yet to announce whether they will be looking into the Utah crash.
Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) will pause production at its California factory for six days at the end of the May to work on fixes to its assembly line for its new Model 3 sedan, sources inside the company told Reuters.
Musk tweeted that while the eye tracking had been on the table, it was rejected for its ineffectiveness rather than cost. WSJ fails to mention that Tesla is safest auto on road, which would make article ridiculous.
The Tesla driver, who claimed to be using the autosteer feature, was transported to hospital with a broken right foot, while the driver of the vehicle that was hit was checked for injuries related to whiplash but not admitted for further checks. "Approx 4X better than avg", Musk said.
Over the past two months, federal officials have opened investigations into at least two other crashes involving Tesla vehicles.
In another Twitter message on Monday, Musk said the "probability of fatality is much lower in a Tesla", saying Tesla would begin reporting safety numbers beginning in the second quarter.
The Tesla was traveling at 60 miles per hour when it hit the truck, which was stopped at a light. We've explored many technologies and opted for the combination of a hands-on-wheel torsion sensor with visual and audio alerts, and we will of course continue to evaluate new technologies as we evolve the Tesla fleet over time. If you are driving a Tesla equipped with Autopilot hardware, you are 3.7 times less likely to be involved in a fatal accident.
The 28-year-old said that she was using her phone prior to the collision while the semi-autonomous driving features was enabled.
The NTSB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are also looking into the performance of the company's Autopilot system in the March crash of a Tesla Model X on a California highway.