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In November HybridCars.com interviewed safety experts about Tesla’s underside armor who suggested strengthening would be advisable following two U.S. fires, and today CEO Elon Musk said Tesla has done just that. And, the federal government dropped its investigation of battery fires, a seemingly independent decision but with murkiness as to what was said between Tesla […]

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By now everyone knows that if you publish the words “fire” and “electric car” in the same headline, it is sure to get clicks. We carefully avoided that cheap trick here, but with that truism as background, Tesla has issued a software update to potentially prevent fires from Model S owners who manage to plug […]

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Today Tesla Motors reported that regarding concerns over accident-induced fires in Seattle, Tennessee and Mexico, its Model S had been cleared by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA). Similar in authority to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is now investigating U.S. incidents, the KBA is in charge of motor vehicle […]

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Today at Tesla Motors’ Fremont, Calif. assembly plant, three workers were scalded by hot metal and transported to a San Jose burn unit. “There was a failure in a low pressure aluminum casting press. Three employees were injured by hot metal from that press,” said Tesla Communications Director Liz Jarvis-Shean in a statement. “We are […]

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This week Tesla has been making headlines in ways it would rather not, but with regard to news about fires, this is now two for two – two owners of burned Model S sedans, that is, who quickly turned around and wrote their car saved them, and they want another one. The first fire on […]

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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) will review details and potential safety concerns surrounding the third Tesla Model S fire to occur in the past five weeks. Yesterday – ironically not far from Nissan’s Leaf factory in Smyrna, Tenn. – a Model S driven eastbound on Interstate 24 is believed to have struck a […]

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Today Tesla’s Chairman, Product Architect and CEO, Elon Musk issued a blog post attempting to put things in perspective regarding the Model S fire in Washington State on Wednesday this week. The short story is the circumstances that induced the fire were a relative anomaly, and compared to the number of gas car fires that […]

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