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 regulation with power to initiate and perform investigations, and compel recalls.

Tesla said in a brif statement it was contacted by the KBA and provided data and additional information regarding each of these incidents.


After the KBA’s review of Tesla’s responses to inquiries, as well as other information provided by Tesla, it heard back from the KBA which said the following:

According to the documents, no manufacturer-related defects [herstellerseitiger Mangel] could be found. Therefore, no further measures under the German Product Safety Act [Produktsicherheitsgesetz (ProdSG)] are deemed necessary.

Tesla provided media with the KBA’s original letter in German and an English translation (both pictured).

Original KBA letter to Tesla.

Original KBA letter to Tesla.