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Musk Fails to Quell Safety Doubts With Head-Scratching Data

  • Tesla injury rate below industry average this year, CEO says
  • Former OSHA officials say more detail needed to assess figure
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Tesla Inc. would need to release more information than Elon Musk gave shareholders to set the record straight on the electric-car maker’s work-safety record, according to former occupational health officials who worked under the Obama administration.

The rate of injuries per person at Tesla is 6 percent below industry average so far this year, after being “a little bit above” average last year, the chief executive officer said during the company’s annual meeting Tuesday. The carmaker aims to lower the rate to half the auto industry average, he said, without saying by when or giving more specifics.