Check your safety belts, here we go again. Another Model S has caught fire.
Unlike previous fires, which occurred after collisions, the latest incident happened in a garage in Toronto. The car was about four months old and was not charging at the time, according to Business Insider. Toronto Fire Services said that the exact cause of the fire is not yet known but it started in the “engine area.” Because of the unconventional design of the Model S, the area that TFS is referring to is not clear.
Tesla was quick to respond. Shortly after the fire, seven Tesla employees visited the owner of the vehicle. The company offered to pay for the damages, but the owner reportedly declined.
Spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said in a statement, “We don’t yet know the precise cause, but have definitively determined that it did not originate in the battery, the charging system, the adapter or the electrical receptacle, as these components were untouched by the fire.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently investigating the Model S battery system. NHTSA said it is aware of the latest fire, but “since the incident occurred outside the territorial boundaries of the United States the agency will be in contact with the manufacturer and others to gather the facts and take whatever action is warranted by the circumstances.”
The unwelcome news comes at an interesting time. Tesla will report Q4 2013 earnings on February 19, and TSLA shares hit an all-time high last week, buoyed by promising news out of China and rumors of an impending announcement about a new battery plant.
Source: Business Insider, CNBC