Tesla Investigates New Battery Fires

By | February 14, 2014
News of battery fires in Tesla Model S vehicles haven't been in the headlines much lately, but now the electric automaker has once again made news. Previously, the fires have been started as the result of a crash, but this time, a fire started inside an owner's garage. Tesla still claims that is has "the best safety track record of any vehicle in the world," despite these fires, according to a recent statement. However, the most recent fire happened in Toronto, Canada after the owner returned from a drive. Business Insider posted on its website that "After a few moments, the owner's fire detector went off and the fire department was called." No other details were mentioned. Back in 2013 when it seemed like there was a new fire every week, Tesla updated its charging software to prevent overheating when recharging, even though fires while charging were decided to have been caused by faulty house wiring. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began looking into the Tesla Model S after the vehicle's battery packs were punctured when drivers ran over large debris in the road, resulting in fires.
To deal with this latest fire, the automaker sent several employees to investigate and offer the owner to pay for damages and any inconvenience caused by the fire, but according to Business Insider, the owner declined. Tesla is still awaiting results from the NHTSA. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)