The investigation into three Tesla Model S fires have concluded in Germany, with the German Federal Motor Transport Authority issuing a statement concluding that there were no manufacturer-related defects.
The German Federal Motor Transport Authority, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA) is in charge of motor vehicle regulation in Germany and has the power to initiate and perform investigations and recalls – similar to NHTSA in North America. The agency inquired into the three Tesla Model S fires that recently occurred in Seattle, Tennessee and Mexico with the American electric automaker providing the KBA with data and additional info related to those fires.
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According to the documents that the KBA received, it has concluded that no manufacturer-related defects could be found and no further action will be necessary under the German Product Safety Act.
NHTSA is currently looking into the Tesla Model S fires that occurred in North America. Tesla CEO Elon Musk ruffled feathers at the U.S. regulatory agency after he said his company “asked” NHTSA for an investigation after the Model S fires. Downplaying the incidents, he said there would “definitely be no recall,” despite lacking the authority to actually make that claim. NHTSA administrator David Strickland responded to Musks claim that Tesla asked for an investigation, saying he was not aware of any such request and that opening an investigation is an independent process.
While Tesla’s PR machine can’t control what NHTSA finds, it can and likely will draw attention to any positive feedback related to the Model S before findings from the U.S. government probe are released.
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