High-end Tesla car caught fire while owner was driving, lawyer says
BERKELEY, Calif., July 1 (Reuters) – A Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Model S Plaid electric vehicle caught fire on Tuesday while the owner was driving, just three days after the $ 129,900 premium car was delivered after its launch in June, a lawyer for the driver told Reuters.
The driver, identified as an “executive contractor”, was initially unable to exit the car because its electronic door system failed, prompting the driver to “use force to open it”, said said Mark Geragos, of Geragos & Geragos. Friday.
The car continued to travel approximately 35 feet to 40 feet (11 to 12 meters) before turning into a “fireball” in a residential area near the owner’s home in Pennsylvania.
âIt was a heartbreaking and horrible experience,â said Geragos.
“This is a brand new modelâ¦ We are investigating. We are asking that the S Plaid be grounded, that it not be on the road until we resolve the issue,” did he declare.
Tesla did not make an immediate comment when contacted by Reuters.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk touted the performance version of his Model S sedan as “faster than any Porsche, safer than any Volvo” at a factory launch event from the automaker in Fremont, Calif., last month. Read more
Earlier in April, he said the new Model S sedan and Model X sport utility vehicle have a new battery.
âIt took quite a bit of development to make sure the new S / X’s battery is safe,â Musk said on a conference call, addressing production delays. “There were more challenges than expected in the development of the new version.”
Local fire departments said in a now deleted Facebook post that “a Tesla was on fire” and that they had cooled “the batteries to ensure complete extinction.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it was “in contact with the relevant agencies and the manufacturer to gather information on the incident.”
“If data or investigations show that there is a defect or an inherent safety risk, NHTSA will take appropriate action to protect the public,” the Federal Safety Agency said.
Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin and David Shepardson; Editing by Christopher Cushing
Our standards: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.