Tesla Is Haunted by Another Model S Fire
A second Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S has gone up in flames, but this time, the blaze was sparked by a crash.
Bloomberg reported Monday that a Tesla accident occurred October 18 near Merida, Mexico, and was the result of a Model S hitting a concrete barrier. The driver of the sedan sustained no serious injuries, but the same couldn’t be said for the vehicle, which was consumed by flames.
Liz Jarvis-Shean, a spokeswoman for the electric car company, confirmed the accident, and said to Bloomberg via an emailed statement: “We were able to contact the driver quickly and are pleased that he is safe. This was a significant accident where the car was traveling at such a high speed that it smashed through a concrete wall and then hit a large tree, yet the driver walked away from the car with no permanent injury.”
This Model S fire is the second Tesla has sustained in October, concerning investors over the true safety of lithium-ion batteries. However, CEO Elon Musk has stood firm in his assertion that electric cars are safer than gasoline-guzzling vehicles, and he has offered several explanations for the cause of the first Model S blaze.
The October 1 blaze prompted a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration probe last week, with the agency reporting that it was studying the Model S fire in Kent, Washington, before deciding whether to open a formal investigation.
Regulators concluded Friday that the sedan wasn’t to blame for the accident, supporting Musk’s claims that the fire was started by a large piece of metal debris, but the probe still provoked anxiety over Tesla products. The negative attention is understandably something Musk would like to avoid.
It has been a turbulent month for Tesla, with its stock both soaring and sinking, but fortunately, both drivers of the Model S accidents are uninjured, and are even reportedly interested in replacing their damaged Model S sedans. Jarvis-Shean supported this in her statement to Bloomberg on Monday, noting that the driver of the Model S driver from Mexico “is appreciative of the safety and performance of the car and has asked if we can expedite delivery of his next Model S.”
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