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A Tale of Two Car Fires

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On: Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 1:02PM | By: Karen Cook

A Tale of Two Car Fires

This story is about another Tesla Model S fire. It seems like this happens frequently but does it really, or is it just that we don’t hear about the “other” vehicles that catch on fire? Tesla says its vehicles are safer that gas-powered cars and it seems that even with more safety modifications being made to the Model S, news reporters want to point out every instance of the electric car catching fire.

The first half of our story takes place in West Hollywood, California where a Model S was stolen from a Tesla dealership. The police were called and led on a high speed chase that reached 100mph. The Model S struck a Honda and several light poles which caused the vehicle to split in half. The rear section hit a synagogue where it became lodged in the entrance off the ground. The front section burst into flames. The driver is in critical condition. The people in the Honda are in serious condition. Some of the officers were injured when their vehicle hit a median.

The second half of our story takes place 24 hours later about 50 miles north of this scene in Palmdale, California. Here a 2013 Tesla collided with a 2004 Toyota Corolla. In this crash, however, it was the Corolla which caught fire. Five people were in this vehicle. Three died and two were sent to the hospital with major injuries. The driver of the Tesla suffered only minor injuries and his car DID NOT burst into flames.

Is Tesla being treated unfairly with all the press of the Model S catching fire? How safe is the car, really? There’s a ton of information out there and I’m not even going to attempt to interpret it all, but it seems to me that car fires did not begin with the Model S. Cars catch fire sometimes. It’s a fact and depends on multiple factors of a crash. If you never want to be in an automobile on fire, then don’t get in an automobile. It’s the only way to be sure.


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