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Germans Extinguish Recent Model S Fires

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On: Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 10:39AM | By: Karen Cook

Germans Extinguish Recent Model S Fires

The Tesla Model S has had its share of news coverage. The recent engine fires have been everywhere from television to You Tube. It has made for some pretty bad press for Tesla. Model S owners aren’t too happy either. Shareholders have shown their disgust. However, the news isn’t all bad. The Model S is available in Germany and the government there has done its own investigation.

The German Federal Motor Transport Authority, which is the equivalent of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has cleared the Model S from any manufacturer defects and has declared them to be safe. This should make Model S drivers feel a little better. The United States is still investigating the fires and has not yet announced its findings. A recall could still be on the horizon for American owners.

Last month the NHTSA began a preliminary investigation of 13,108 2013 Model S vehicles because “deformation/intrusion into the propulsion battery by roadway debris may result in thermal reaction and fire,” which means if you run over something on the interstate your engine could go boom. Tesla has maintained that their cars are safe throughout all the investigations.

I’ve been keeping you apprised of this situation over the last few months and I will let you know how the United States weighs in on this issue. It seems like a big deal over nothing really. You have to be traveling at high speeds AND hit something metal for this to be a problem, and there have been less than a handful of occurrences. It can and has happened to other vehicles under these conditions and that doesn’t mean the manufacturer did something wrong. The world is an imperfect place and the NHTSA can’t change that.


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