Tesla Fire Raises New Questions About Vehicle Safety

According to company officials, a fire that erupted under the hood of a Tesla Model S electric vehicle was caused by a faulty battery pack. The fire, which eventually consumed the front portion of the car, was apparently triggered when the driver inadvertently ran over some small debris on the roadway, which kicked up and struck the battery pack.
In an incident report released under Washington state’s public records law, firefighters wrote that they thought they had the fire under control, but the flames reignited. Crews found that water seemed to intensify the fire, so they began using a dry chemical extinguisher.
After dismantling the front end of the vehicle and puncturing holes in the battery pack, firefighters used a circular saw to cut an access hole in the front section to apply water to the battery. Only then was the fire extinguished.
Lithium-ion batteries like those used to power the Model S have raised concerns in other vehicles as well. Two years ago, battery fires broke out in three Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid cars after crash-testing, but NHTSA investigators found no increased risk with the Volt.
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