Federal Safety Agency Clears Tesla on Fire Issues

By · April 03, 2014

2014 Tesla Model S

2014 Tesla Model S

The U.S. government said on March 28 that it closed an investigation regarding fires on Tesla Model S vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it did not find a “defect trend” that led to two fires.

The two incidents occurred in 2013 when vehicles ran over debris at high speed. Passengers were not injured.

To further enhance safety and reduce the possibility of future fires, Tesla adjusted vehicle ride height and increased underbody protection. Tesla chief Elon Musk provided an detailed explanation of the repairs on Medium.com.

Musk said the odds of a fire in a Model S are five times lower than one in a conventional vehicle. “Nonetheless, we felt it was important to bring this risk down to virtually zero,” he said.

All Tesla vehicles manufactured as of March 6 were outfitted with a triple underbody shield. Tesla service will also retrofit the shields, free of charge, to existing cars upon request or as part of a normally scheduled service.

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